Look what Polio might do!
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $9 billion to the effort.
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014, which is a reduction of more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
Recently, due to groundbreaking work by researchers at Duke University, the once (and still) feared disease has been used by researches to cure what most would consider the world’s worst medical problem, cancer.
Wouldn’t it be truly ironic if polio, even in a modified state, could possibly be a cure for many types of cancer?
If you missed this video by 60 Minutes this past Sunday please take a minute to watch. It is truly inspiring.