For more than a decade, people around the world have celebrated public health successes in reducing the burden of polio on October 24th.
The Sabin Vaccine Institute was founded to honor the legacy of Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine, which is widely used in mass immunization campaigns all over the world. Today, we are proud to join global health organizations and initiatives in promoting the final push toward eradicating polio!
Check out various ways to learn more and get involved:
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
– A collaboration between the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disase Control and Prevention (CDC), Rotary International, and UNICEF, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative shares up-to-date information on the work being done to eradicate polio, including factsheets, strategic plans, photos and videos.
End of Polio
– End of Polio is a campaign run by the Global Poverty initiative. They have a number of ways to get involved, including signing a petition, downloading a supporter kit, and spreading the word via social media.
End Polio Now
– Rotary International is creating the world’s biggest commercial and invites you to submit a picture to be a part of it! You can also use their site to view interactive timelines of how Rotary and other partners have worked to reduce the burden of polio.
World Polio Day Tweet Chat
- Join Sabin and other organizations as we participate in a tweet chat today from 2:00-3:00pm EST
sponsored by CDC and others. Use hashtag #wpdchat
Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) also chronicled historical successes and recent updates in the polio eradication efforts on their Shots Blog. Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros was interviewed for NPR’s national morning show, “All Things Considered.” You can read or listen to the story here.
Photo: A child receives two drops of polio vaccine during the second round of vaccination in Djambala Village, Republic of Congo in 2010. Credit: Olivier Asselin.