The photo above is from when I was in China recently to observe a vaccination campaign in Urumqui (Western China). In 2011, the country experienced its first polio outbreak since 1999. The government took swift action and vaccinated 4.5 million children and young adults in a 5 week period. So far, there have been no new reported cases. What I found on this trip, with Min Dai from the Gates Foundation’s China office, as well as Matthew Behrend from the organization Global Good, is that the Uigar minority population is eager and receptive to getting their children vaccinated. I remember going to the clinics and asking the fathers and mothers why they would walk long distances to get their children vaccinated against polio, and they told me: "You are a mother. How could you look your child in the eyes if you are not giving them the best chance to be healthy and avoid being sick with a virus that causes our children to be disfigured and limp? We cannot do that to our families."