Dagen rapporterar att polio är så gott som utrotat i Indien, och att detta ger hopp för att sjukdomen ska utrotas globalt. UNICEF har satsat riktigt hårt på detta och varit drivande för poliovaccinering, även i Indien. Någon som vill argumentera emot att deras bistånd lindrar nöd och räddar liv?
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious viral disease that attacks the nervous system. Children under five years of age are the most vulnerable to the disease, but timely immunization can prevent infection. Approximately one out of every 200-400 children infected will suffer from paralysis and even death.
In 1998, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a partnership of UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Rotary International and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, began spearheading an effort to support country governments to immunize every child against polio until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
Since the GPEI’s momentous launch, nearly five million children, who otherwise would have been paralyzed and incapacitated by polio, are walking, able and symptoms-free. The number of polio cases reported annually has decreased by over 99% – from 350,000 in 1988 to 1,606 cases in 2009. This rapid success has been achieved through a global campaign to immunize to children through mass campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs).