Kristen Bell is working with Rotary to help end polio, a paralyzing and life-altering, but also completely preventable, disease. It is on the verge of being the second human disease to be eradicated worldwide, after smallpox. Only two countries still report cases of polio, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Bell joined to help promote vaccinations, something she has spoken out about since becoming a mother.
“I am overjoyed to work with Rotary at such an important moment in history,” Bell said in a press statement. “To help create awareness about this horrible disease is exhilarating. As the mother of two young girls, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure every child is safe. Polio can be prevented with just 60 cents worth of vaccine – there’s absolutely no reason any child should suffer from it. Hopefully by lending my voice to send this message, I can help rid the world of polio forever.”
Bell is featured in the ‘This Close’ campaign, an initiative that was launched in 1988. Since that time, polio has decreased by over 99.9 percent. It went from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 400 cases in 2014.
There are other celebrities joining Bell in promoting this campaign, including Bill Gates, who now serves as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Jackie Chan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, anthropologist Jane Goodall, Angelique Kidjo, Ziggy Marley, Queen Noor of Jordan, and others.
Bell’s campaign ad will debut on October 23, which is World Polio Day.
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