Although polio only exists in three countries in the world, those three countries will bring the biggest challenges. Health care workers attempting to administer the polio vaccines have been targeted and killed. Misinformation is a major cause, for example, tribes think vaccines will cause sterilization. Other challenges like families migrating make it harder to contain and to administer the life-saving vaccine.
Today October 24th is World Polio Day and we are at a pivotal point in time. Organizations all over the world, as well as, the Presidents of the three remaining countries with polio have pledged their commitment to helping to eradicate polio once and for all. The eradication of small pox, a disease that caused 300 to 500 million deaths, made history and we have the change with our generation to make history again.
Join us tonight to spread awareness for this important milestone.
The @ShotatLife Champions will be hosting:
#EndPolioNow Twitter Party
If India, which has been polio-free despite many barriers can do it, the rest of the world can. Long thought to be the country that would be the most difficult to eradicate the disease from, they have showed the world that with diligence and support you can overcome poverty, sanitation issues, population density.
Please join the conversation tonight.