The last inch. A documentary from 2009 that is exciting and annoying. And it brings hope for 2022 – Ziarul Mesagerul de Sibiu – World

The Final Inch is not a documentary for business people, analysts, lobbyists, bankers and business lawyers or business teachers, for example.

This community usually watches films about great successes or financial fraud, outstanding business people and of course global economic crises – by the way, all of this should help direct or indirect economic actors to understand and accept that one must reckon with a serious economic situation in the crisis next 2-3 years, based on an unimaginable health crisis 2-3 years ago.

And so that nobody wastes their time watching this 38-minute documentary, which was nominated for an Oscar in 2009, he didn’t take it, it’s the year it shone Slumdog millionaire – I’ll give you a complete spoiler. Directed by Irene Brodski, the documentary tells, in an equally moving and angry way, the extraordinary efforts of a “silent army” of health workers dedicated to vaccinating polio in the three Asian countries – India, Afghanistan and Pakistan – where the disease occurs still endemic.

Poliomyelitis, also called polio, is a contagious infectious disease in which digestion is transmitted by an RNA virus. The virus destroys the nerves in the spinal cord, causing infernal paralysis and atrophy, disability, social exclusion, premature death. The disease was endemic in the United States and Europe until the middle of the last century and wreaked havoc on the child population. Injectable formula vaccination began in 1956 and oral vaccination in 1961 – both were in the experimental phase at the time of introduction, but the risks were considered relative to the benefits – so the disease has been disappearing in developed countries for more than 50 years. Years.

De ce the The last inch is it exciting? Because it describes the struggle and the efforts, incomprehensible to the civilized world today, that health workers are waging in the “last battle” in the poorest regions of Asia to vaccinate children against polio who can develop paralytic complications. They have a two-step approach, first the “persuaders” go, the health workers talk to local leaders and communities to persuade them to vaccinate their children, and then the “vaccinators” apply the drops of the vaccine. The film has been described as “a dramatic testimony for those who work on the front lines of the health system“.

Why is he angry? Because you’re having a hell of a déjà vu: politicians blaming other politicians for not ending the epidemic and maintaining unsanitary conditions; “Visionary” clergy and opinion leaders who claim the vaccine produces sterility; and business people who at times refuse to financially support the efforts of the “silent army”.

In 2022, Romania will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the last domestic polio case. The disease is being eradicated due to the mandatory vaccination introduced since the 1980s with the help of the polio vaccine manufactured at the Cantacuzino Institute.

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