The stories of how these vaccinations are carried out and the barriers people have to break through to get it done are pretty intense. It’s a monumental task that often seems hopeless. But the animated map that accompanies your linked article sure is hopeful!
Amazing. We’re so close to wiping out this scourge. In my last job, we had a patient originally from Pakistan who had been afflicted with polio. He limped along slowly when he walked. Hopefully soon, no one will have to fear this any longer.
Polio declared global emergency as conflicts fuel spread
“The number of cases reached a record low of 223 globally in 2012 and jumped to 417 last year, according to the WHO…
An $US11.8 billion eradication campaign backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International had reduced polio to three countries in which it spreads locally: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In the past six months, the virus has spread to Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Israel and Somalia, according to the WHO.”