The Final Inch

Today, and YouTube are featuring an Oscar®-nominated film set in the slums of India. No, not that one, this one is called The Final Inch. It’s a short documentary about fighting polio in the poorest parts of the world. It’s a very moving film, well worth watching. One quote from the movie sticks with me:

4 million people work to eradicate polio in India – an organization larger than any army in history

Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for polio was developed in the United States, the polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. This documentary short, nominated for a 2008 Academy Award®, examines how a group of dedicated workers are going door-to-door and slum-to-slum to reach unprotected children in poor enclaves in India.


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