Polio survivor Ramesh reflects on India’s polio achievement

Ramesh Ferris, a polio survivor and member of the Rotary Club, reflects on India’s achievement of going one year without polio.

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Ramesh with a polio survivor in Afghanistan. While Ramesh was able to receive treatment, not all polio survivors have access to this type of care.
Today, the world marks a milestone in the fight to end polio. India, the place where I was born and contracted the crippling disease as a baby, has gone exactly 12 months without a reported case of polio.

Now as a Rotarian, a Canadian, a polio survivor and a member of our global community, I want to say thank you.

Thank you to the Indian Government for making this goal a reality.

Thank you to Rotary for having the vision of a polio-free world, more than 25 years ago.

Thank you to the partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the millions of volunteers, fundraisers, and people who cared enough to fight polio.

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Ramesh administering an oral polio vaccine to a child in a clinic in Afghanistan. For as little as $0.60 a child can be immunized against polio.
And, thank you to ONE members for keeping the pressure up on world leaders to address preventable global diseases, like polio.

I want to remind you that our work is not complete. I implore all of you to not become complacent in our efforts. The children around the world need all of us to commit to this, and donate time and dollars as together we move forward on our journey in our battle to End Polio Now.

We are truly seeing the power of working together to make the dream of a polio-free world a reality. Dreams can only become real if we dare and never give up!

And the dream is becoming real… an India with no polio. Together, we are truly “this close” to ending polio forever.