Women ‘Leading The Charge’ In Efforts To Eradicate Polio
Medium: Celebrating the Women Leading the Fight to Eradicate Polio
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
“…Because of the extraordinary efforts of millions of vaccinators worldwide – most of them women – there have only been 27 cases of polio in the world this year. The battle to get to zero, however, requires determination and persistence, and women are leading the charge. … [P]rogress [against polio] is fragile, and there is always a risk of resurgence until the virus is completely wiped out. … Because of [the heroism of vaccinators, many of whom are women], soon there will be a generation of children for whom polio is just a chapter in a history book” (10/24).