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Polio Today, Twenty Million Volunteers

Sixty million doses of oral polio vaccine were purchased by the Ministry of HealthÖ. Nearly 90,000 vaccination sites were selected and organized, and over 300,000 people were mobilized for the first round, mostly on a volunteer basis. Communication activities [involved] 123 television stations, 1,200 radio stations, and 3,900 local loudspeaker services during the 15 days preceding the campaignÖ. The experience of D-day, Saturday, June 14, 1980, was an unforgettable one. Joao Baptista Risi Jr., National Poliomyelitis Control Program, Brazil, 1997

Left Image. Baby in Nepal receiving vaccination. Surrounding people in traditional dress
Right Image. Baby in India receiving vaccination with surrounding woman in traditional dress
Left: Vaccinators in Nepal Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Right: Vaccinators in Moradabad, India Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Photo of lines of people awaiting the polio vaccine, Nepal
Lines of people awaiting polio vaccine, Nepal Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Left photo. Woman in traditional muslim dress vaccinating child with children looking on
Right photo. Group of woman and children waiting for vaccination
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Left: Vaccinators in Moradabad, India Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Right: Mothers bringing their children for vaccination Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Left photo. Volunteers in yellow Rotary International hats pose for a photo
Right photo. The hand of a volunteer holding three oral doses of vaccine in plastic vials
Left: Volunteer vaccinators from Rotary International Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Right: Oral polio vaccine drops, Ethiopia Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer
Poster of Mother Teresa vaccinating a child in a mother's arms with text stating, Eradicate polio, vaccinate today
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Poster inscribed with greeting from Mother Teresa to Rotary International members, 1995 Courtesy of Rotary International

Photo of vaccinators and children

Children running away from vaccinators, Mora, India Courtesy of Jean-Marc Giboux, photographer

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