Rotary's iron lung road trip to eradicate polio coming to Forbes
The machine in this picture might not even be recognised by many young people, but just a couple of generations ago thousands of children contracted polio - and lived in one of these just so they could breathe. Vaccinations mean the polio virus has been eradicated in Australia, and Rotarians hope to see it wiped out right across the world. They're bringing this particular Australian-made and still functioning iron lung on a tour through the district, raising awareness that polio remains a real risk in three countries and raising further funds for its eradication. They will be in Forbes on March 23, so once you've cast your vote in the State election you're encouraged to come and have a look. When Rotary and the World Health Organisation launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were an estimated 350,000 cases of polio, Rotary's End Polio Now campaign website explains. Since then more than 2.5 billion children have been immunised, thanks to countless volunteer hours and more than $1.7 billion funding.
Source: Forbes Advocate