Life is hard enough without having to deal with polio

By Rotary International

Ethiopian children watch the immunization volunteers.

Ethiopian children watch the immunization volunteers.

By Corinne Cavanaugh

As I walked up to a pile of dirt bricks beside a cottage in a small village in Ethiopia, I noticed two things immediately: the telltale odor of farming and the mouth sores of four small children. I will never forget the moment I saw those children, the first of many who received two life-saving drops of polio vaccine.

Polio is a virus that attacks the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis, usually of the legs. In a developing country, polio paralysis could mean crawling around in the dirt for the rest of your life. In the developed world, it could mean the rest of your life in a wheelchair. Rotarians are fighting to end polio forever to protect children everywhere from its debilitating effects. Life is hard enough.

Every year for the past 20 years, Rotarians in the greater Seattle area (District 5030) have embarked on a journey to participate in a National Immunization Day, led by Ezra Teshome, a past governor of our district, and Dave Weaver in Ethiopia. This year is no different. In early October, 40 Rotarians traveled to Addis Ababa to visit Rotary service projects, hospitals and schools, and …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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