22 April 2010

Polio makes a Comeback

In a sad turn of events for the fight against Polio, the disease has made a resurgence over the last 12 months. This is terrible, as the previous 12 months were among the best ever, with the disease being limited to just 4 countries. That is no longer the case.

This great article from the Wall Street Journal examines the very significant effort that Bill Gates has made to eradicate the disease, in concert with various government agencies and Rotary International (of which I am a member).

It is possible to eradicate Polio. It is debilitating and sometimes deadly. If there is a massive effort and a huge amount of funding it could be successful in as few as 2 or 3 years.


Kira said...

that makes me very sad

lisapants said...

While visiting friends at home, we found out they are choosing not to have their 16-month-old daughter immunized for anything. We were flabbergasted and strenuously tried to convince them that they are crazy and contributing to the resurgence of these diseases. Sadly, they are comfortable in their craziness.