Polio still paralyzes children. You can help.


October 22, 2012 BY Devi R. Thomas

As the daughter of immigrants from India, I grew up regularly hearing about the horrors of polio – ravaging communities, paralyzing and crippling thousands of children. Earlier this year we celebrated a major milestone in India. A country that had half of the world’s polio cases in 2009 became free of the disease. In fact, there has not been a reported case of polio in India for almost two years thanks to life-saving vaccines.

While this crippling disease has been eliminated in India, polio still wreaks havoc in some of the most difficult parts of the world.

Polio is now endemic in just three countries –Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Vaccinators who go village to village face challenges that are difficult to surmount. Just last week we were deeply saddened to hear that a volunteer vaccinator was shot and killed in Quetta, Pakistan, during the country’s polio National Immunization Days. This incident further underscores the heroic efforts of volunteer vaccinators who all work under difficult and dangerous conditions, all in efforts to protect children from the devastating effects of polio.

Now is a critical period in the fight against this terrifying disease. Since 1988, polio cases worldwide have been reduced by 99 percent. We need to come together and change the face of history.

We know what needs to be done to stop polio. Now, we need you. It costs just $1 to vaccinate a child against polio. For World Polio Day, October 24, Shot@Life is working to raise $40,000; enough to vaccinate 40,000 children.

With your support, we can take this opportunity to eradicate polio forever—please make your contribution now. Your donation of $50 can help give 50 children around the world a shot at a healthy life.

Thank you,

Devi Thomas
Director, Shot@Life Campaign

 

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