As the World Health Organisation (WHO) continues its fight to eradicate Polio worldwide, is to announce a massive breakthrough on 27th March; South-East Asia is officially free of the disease. By adding India to the list of Polio free countries, the region that is home to nearly 1.6billion people becomes the sixth of eight regions to eradicate the disease.
With the region gaining its SEARO (South-East Asia Region) Polio-free certification, it now means that over 80% of the world’s population now live in areas that are officially Polio-free thanks to WHO and they are encouraging the public to share this amazing news in any way they can over social media, to raise awareness of the ongoing battle.
“Spreading this great news on popular Social Media sites is a great way to celebrate eradicating the disease in these regions and also raises awareness of Polio worldwide,” explained CEO of the British Polio Fellowship, Ted Hill MBE. “Here in Britain we’ve been Polio free for decades, but that’s not to say that its effects have disappeared completely and this campaign will put the problem in the public eye.”
On home soil, we may be accustomed to living without the threat of Polio and it may be something many British people take for granted. However, even in the modern age, over 120,000 people are still living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
PPS is a neurological condition that can occur in people that have had Polio. This is when people may develop new symptoms of increasing weakness, fatigue and pain having had no change in their symptoms for some time. It can occur at any age and can be difficult to diagnose, as there is no single test for it.
With over 3,000,000 front line workers worldwide involved in the vaccination programme, the battle continues to defeat the disease worldwide. Further countries are also growing ever nearer to Polio free classification, including Nepal and Bangladesh successfully fighting other diseases such as Diphtheria and Tetanus, since WHO’s work began.
“The battle will never stop until the whole world is rid of Polio,” continued Ted. “There have been instances in other countries of people contracting the disease and spreading it between nations, with an outbreak in Africa the most recent.”
Whilst continuing to spread its own PPS message, The British Polio Fellowship, currently celebrating its 75th anniversary year will continue to support efforts to counter the killer, working alongside Rotaract, who have created a ‘thunderclap’ to spread the #endpolio message with the world on the largest scale via Social Media networks.
To create your thunder clap and let the world and all of your followers know that South-East Asia is Polio free and what this means to the world-wide struggle to improve human health worldwide go to https://www.thunderclap.it/en/projects/9916-southeast-asia-is-polio-free.
For further information on The British Polio Fellowship, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.