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One Last Push? Why?

Polio is history for many of us. The disease, which paralysed generations in Canada until the 1980s is now on the run and only survives in hard-to-reach places. Even so, it’s still hanging on, infecting children. So today we’re in a race to get to them before the virus does.

So very close.

The good news is we’re very close to making polio history everywhere in the world. Volunteers and health workers are doing everything they can to get the vaccine (which costs just C$0.20 cents per dose) to everyone they can – including the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized children. In doing so, we’re now on the brink of eradicating polio forever and have learned lessons that will benefit health initiatives long after polio is gone.

Parliamentarians from around the world attend One Last Push Summit

Parliamentarians from the UK, Canada and Japan visited New Delhi during the week of 4 April to learn how the knowledge and learning acquired from polio eradication in India can be transitioned into other global health programmes and individual countries’ health systems.

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Awalu Gololo riding ‘Promise’ (Al-Kawari) in Kebbi, Nigeria

Find out how a plucky camel named “Promise” is helping Nigeria defeat polio.

In 2015 Nigeria passed the milestone of a whole year without a single case of polio. In fact, the country hasn’t seen a case since July 2014. This is a fantastic achievement and it’s down to the dogged commitment of health workers and hardworking camels like this one, called Promise.

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Lady Healthworker Gulnaz

Would you be willing to go as far as Gulnaz to save a child?

As a frontline polio volunteer, Gulnaz is one of 100,000 trained Lady Health Workers, a unique group of female volunteers who are going to extraordinary lengths to wipe out the disease in Pakistan.

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What does it take to eradicate polio in the world’s most inaccessible places?

In the past, we beat polio in Britain with vaccination programmes in schools. Today, brave health volunteers are getting the vaccine to children in ways you’d never expect.

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