October 24, 2013
We are closer to eradicating polio than ever and ensuring that no child anywhere will needlessly suffer from this preventable disease. Yesterday, our friends at the UN Foundation posted a great blog in advance of World Polio Day titled 5 Reasons to Care About Polio. Now that you have a few reasons to care, I wanted to share a few ways you can get involved in the fight.
1. Share this infographic that explains why eradicating polio is about so much more than ending this one terrible disease
2. Honor the health workers who go to absolutely incredible means to ensure children get the vaccinations they need by sharing this video.
3. 99 percent isn’t good enough for Leo Messi and it isn’t good enough for us. Share this video to show you agree 99 percent is not enough – we must finish the job.
4. Follow and join the conversation with polio partners, advocates, and the community on Twitter: #endpolio
5. Participate in Rotary International’s livestream event, World Polio Day: Making History
RT @Livestream: Tomorrow, leaders + survivors #live at @rotary World Polio Day on fight to #endpolio. @ 6:30pm ET. http://t.co/iHNF3mOcus— Rotary International (@rotary) October 23, 2013
RT @Livestream: Tomorrow, leaders + survivors #live at @rotary World Polio Day on fight to #endpolio. @ 6:30pm ET. http://t.co/iHNF3mOcus
Rachel is a communications officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
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"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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