Today is World Polio Day, a day to celebrate the amazing progress we’ve made in the fight to eliminate polio (we’re at 99 percent!), rally to get rid of that 1 percent, and honor those who have died from polio or are living with the disease.
Our NGO partners are doing some pretty incredible things today to help mark this special day. Here’s how you can take part:
1. India, a country of 1.2 billion people, had more cases of polio than any country in the world just two short years ago. It is now off the list of endemic polio countries, proving that polio eradication is possible. From the top ranks of the Indian government to the vaccinator who travels great lengths to immunize children, each person involved in making India polio-free is truly one in a million. Watch the mini-documentary here from our friends at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation:
2. Share this handy infographic on polio, also from the Gates Foundation:
3. Join CDC and partners on Wednesday, October 24, 2:00-3:00 PM ET, for a live Twitter chat about polio eradication. Participants joining CDC will include Rotary International, UNICEF, UN Foundation, Shot@Life, and ONE. To join the live conversation, search for #wpdchat on Twitter. If you can’t participate during the event, you can still submit questions in advance through Twitter to @CDCGlobal. (Please include #wpdchat in your questions.) Details here.
4. Urge government decision makers to support polio via Twitter with the Global Poverty Project. Watch the video here, then take action here.
5. Lend your voice in the fight to end polio and participate in Rotary International’s World’s Biggest Commercial. The interactive campaign gives everyone a chance to join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Gates, Jackie Chan, Amanda Peet and other world figures and celebrities already participating in Rotary’s “This Close” campaign in raising awareness and support for polio eradication. Submit your photo here.
We hope you’ll do one of these five things today. In the words of Rotary International, we are THIS CLOSE to kicking polio’s butt. It’s a winning campaign and with your help we can make it happen.