Prairie Post (East Edition)

Want good news about polio

- Connie Lebeau Victoria, BC

I am so weary of watching the news from around the world. It is simply depressing. I needed some good news and found it this morning in a report by the National Polio Emergency Operations Center.

Did you know that since the GPEI (Global Polio Eradicatio­n Initiative) was launched 30 years ago, we are witnessing an astonishin­g 99.9% decrease in the global polio burden?

The polio eradicatio­n network showed remarkable resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the pandemic has resulted in vast and varying disruption­s to essential health services.

That said, the fact that the world can come together for only the second time in history (since smallpox) to eradicate a disease gives me so much hope!

While many of us feel the pinch of inflation, and can complain about the rising costs of food, we still find our way to a warm bed at night, and manage to have three good news solid meals a day.

Not so for so many people around the globe, and all the more reason that we *must* #KeepThePro­mise by increasing our Internatio­nal Assistance Envelope by CAD$1.9 billion over the next three years. In light of all of the bad news we hear daily, let’s keep a few good news stories going by honouring our commitment­s globally.

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