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Sebastião Salgado in NY to launch 'The End of Polio'

Who: Sebastião Salgado, photojournalist and UNICEF Special Representative

What: Media visit around the launch of his forthcoming book, The End Of Polio:  A Global Effort to End a Disease

When: Friday, 26th September – Thursday, 2 October 2003

Why:  Celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is in New York to launch The End of Polio: A Global Effort to End a Disease – a new book showcasing his two-year photographic record of the epic polio eradication campaign.

The End of Polio features Salgado’s images alongside essays contributed by humanitarian staff fighting to end the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan.

Salgado's extraordinary pictures capture the human face of a massive global endeavour – the world’s largest public health initiative.  They lay bare the devastating impact of polio on families, the heroic efforts to get the polio drops to children living in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, and the sheer scale of the task which requires that every child under the age of five be vaccinated.

Little more than fifty years after a polio epidemic swept through the industrialised world, terrifying millions and crippling hundreds of thousands, polio has been driven back to only seven countries.  This is the lowest number of polio-afflicted countries in history. 

However the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – are warning of a critical shortage of funds which puts all these gains at risk. They note that while there have been only 359 cases of polio throughout the world, eight children have been crippled by the disease in countries that had been polio-free for several years. 

Until polio is completely eradicated, no child anywhere will be safe.

For further information please contact:

Mohammad Jalloh, UNICEF/New York,
(1 212) 326 7516, mjalloh@unicef.org

Claire Hajaj, UNICEF/New York,
(1 212) 326 7566, chajaj@unicef.org

Ellen Tolmie, UNICEF/New York,
(1 212) 326 7281, etolmie@unicef.org

Or visit http://www.endofpolio.org/ to see examples of Salgado’s work.





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