POB message to polio workers

In view of the extraordinary efforts made by polio workers worldwide, the members of the Polio Oversight Board have prepared a short video thanking polio workers for their efforts. This is their message:

“Hello colleagues and allies in our battle to end polio.

We are all so proud of your work around the world to eradicate this terrible and preventable disease.

As you know, we’ve had to pause our vital polio campaigns so we can focus all of our efforts to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

But in fact, the surveillance and contact tracing mechanisms you’ve established for polio are helping us in the fight.

We’re also using your experience to guide our work in communities, to help children and families learn how to protect themselves against COVID-19, and to help us focus our work on the most vulnerable. 

But we also know that it’s not easy, especially when you’re worried about your family’s safety — and your own health — at this difficult time.

Remember, we are here to support you.

When this is over — when we beat COVID — we will return to the fight against polio with new energy.

And we will win that battle and eradicate polio – for the children of all future generations.

Stay safe. Stay well.”

This video message is also available with subtitles in: French | Spanish | Portuguese | Chinese |