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This campaign is extremely important, both for Iraq and the global eradication effort. After tremendous efforts, Iraq was declared a polio-free country, with zero cases reported in 2001. The re-emergence of even a single polio case will take Iraq back to the pre-2001 situation, which would imply that millions of dollars more would have to be invested.
[Rotary members are doing everything in their power to ensure success during this final phase.] We will work from dusk to dawn to make sure that every child under the age of five is immunized, ... The goal of ending polio and its devastating consequences is within reach. We must continue to build on improvements achieved in 2005, and deliver the polio vaccine to each and every child, including the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children.
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~ Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 - October 19, 1745)