By reaching each child on the planet with life-saving vaccines, deadly diseases can be wiped out, says the Bollywood star

There was a time, not that long ago, when eradicating polio from my country seemed like pure fiction. Not even 10 years ago, India was home to nearly half of the world’s polio cases. And when I was a boy, the idea that polio could be defeated was an impossibility, an endless fight, an actual war against infinity.

So the sense of pride I felt on the day, four years ago, when we could finally announce the eradication of polio from India, was outstripped only by my sense of awe at the true legends of this fight – the volunteers and vaccinators who went from door to door, village to village, to give every child those precious drops.

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