Today, we celebrate India’s six-year anniversary polio-free!
Ending polio in India was no easy task. As late as 2009, more children in India were affected with this horrific disease than in any other country. With a population of over one billion and challenging water, sanitation and hygiene hurdles to overcome, India was considered the most technically challenging place in the world to eradicate polio.
In 2017, we must protect the progress made in places like India that are now polio-free, and capitalize on India’s achievement to end polio globally once and for all.
In order to make sure that no child is left behind, we need to ensure world leaders commit to funding for polio vaccinations through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
At the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, world leaders pledged to renew their political and financial support to eradicate polio once and for all.
We must hold them to their promises.
Send a tweet to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging them to honor the commitments made in Malta and contribute additional funding in 2017 to help end polio once and for all.