We know how hard it is to live with the effects of polio every day and how vitally important it is that we finally put an end to the virus worldwide.

Today, dedicated health workers are doing everything they can to fight the virus in the few places where it still survives. As a result of their efforts in India, the country has been declared polio-free by the WHO, an achievement once thought impossible.

On the sixtieth anniversary of Dr Salk’s first vaccination breakthrough, these health professionals and local volunteers are now inching closer to a final victory over polio — one to rank with the eradication of smallpox.

But this last mile is the hardest mile. That’s why the British Polio Fellowship is getting right behind the “One Last Push” campaign to highlight the superhuman endeavour of those on the frontline, and to give them the backing they deserve when they need it the most.

These people are nothing short of modern-day heroes. They overcome every obstacle in their efforts to vaccinate every child against polio. With transport and communications a constant challenge in remote areas, they will travel huge distances by boat, donkey or motorbike – or on foot if necessary – to reach inaccessible villages.

In northern Nigeria, for example, volunteers regularly make five-day camel treks into the interior carrying coolboxes of vaccine. The scale of the effort is tremendous. For example, in September last year, polio workers across West and Central Africa immunized an astonishing 94 million children in just one week. And when flash-floods destroyed bridges and roads in the Indian state of Bihar, workers waded waist-deep through torrents to bring vaccines to at-risk areas, ensuring that India was declared free of polio in 2014.

Besides much-needed vaccines, they also bring local awareness and cultural sensitivities. In Pakistan, an extraordinary army of 100,000 Lady Health Workers use their health knowledge and familiarity with the region to get cheap and effective polio vaccine to hard-to-reach areas. It’s dangerous work but yet these workers are still not short of volunteers.

“Our role is very important,” explains Farah Deba, a Lady Health Worker for 16 years. “If field workers don’t go door-to-door to vaccinate children, the disease wouldn’t be eradicated from Pakistan. Somebody needs to get the job done — and I enjoy doing it.”

Thanks to these extraordinary people, we could well be witnessing the last days of polio. But to succeed in their fight, they still need our backing. You can help them by adding your name to the list of people who believe we can’t quit until we’ve ended polio everywhere.

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