This book, So They Can Walk: The Story of Polio Eradication in Nigeria, chronicles the story of polio eradication in Nigeria - the challenges, confrontations and contests that led to Nigeria becoming certified as a country that has interrupted the transmission of the indigenous wild poliovirus. It is a story of courage, audacity, dauntless bravery, unfailing commitment, and resilience.
It is an account of ultimate sacrifice and success. Most importantly, it describes Rotary's benevolence and individual Rotarian compassion in working with other stakeholders to end the pain of poliomyelitis. This book is expertly put together with skill and proficiency.
It describes Rotary International and Rotarians' catalytic and unifying role in their seamless collaborations with numerous operating stakeholders (grassroots, traditional, religious, and community leaders, communities, parents, and children) to achieve the global feat of a remarkable humanitarian good.
This book is recommended for those interested in the history of disease eradication and understanding worldwide collaboration for the global good.
- Professor Oyewale Tomori Retired Virologist, former WHO Africa Region Virologist and Past President, Nigeria Academy of Science; Chairman, Board Biovaccines Nigeria Limited and Chair, Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Response