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Imagine needlessly losing your child or grand-child to a completely preventable

Imagine needlessly losing your child or grand-child to a completely preventable
disease. Sound far-fetched? Not for millions of parents around the world who still lack access to immunization for their children. Did you know that polio is 99.99% eradicated and that 80% of the world’s population lives in regions certified as polio-free? This is an amazing accomplishment, yet as long as that tiny percentage of cases of polio is allowed to fall through the cracks, we are at risk of another polio epidemic. Women are disproportionately affected as they are primary caretakers, caring for ill children and parents. The Canadian government needs to be reminded that improving vaccine coverage and ensuring that 19.4 million more children are reached with vaccines is at the core of empowerment and equality of women and girls, a cause that should be near and dear to the current Federal Government’s heart!

Connie Lebeau
VICTORIA, BC