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‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we must remain committed to improving routine immunization and maintaining sensitive surveillance in these areas…” (3/26). A second post features an interview with Ramesh Ferris, a polio survivor, a Rotarian, and author. Ferris says, “As a polio survivor from India, who only learned to walk after multiple surgeries, I can personally attest to the significance of wiping polio out of the region. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the most important global health achievements of all time…” (3/27).