I'm Ramesh Ferris, a modern day Polio survivor who hand-biked across Canada to advocate for an end to this disease. I'm working with Global Citizen to end Polio. AMA!
Hi Reddit! I'm Ramesh from Canada! I was born in 1979 in India and contracted polio when I was just six months old, leaving my legs paralyzed. Because of a lack of rehabilitation opportunities, my mother put me up for adoption in an orphanage started by Canadians and a year later I was adopted by a Canadian family in the Yukon. In 2008, to raise awareness about the plight of polio-afflicted people in my home country of India, I hand-cycled 4400 miles (7140 kms) across Canada. Since then I've written a book and spend my time working with Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Global Citizen to advocate for an end to polio. Just yesterday I met with Justin Trudeau and other Canadian Ministers to kick off World Immunization Week! AMA!
Edit 1: Me with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau https://twitter.com/RAMESHFERRIS/status/988564967036203010
EDIT 2: If you're motivated by my AMA to do more to end Polio you can start by taking action here to ensure the Canadian government prioritizes international cooperation for global health as part of their leading the G7. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/action/canada-g7-health-for-all-universal-health-care/
EDIT 3: That's all! Thank you so much everyone for your great questions. If you have any questions in the future please just tweet me @RAMESHFERRIS and I'll do my best to answer. Please, please, please take the time to educate our fellow global citizens on the importance of receiving vaccines and by working together we can and will end polio and other preventable diseases! If you want to join me in taking action please go to www.globalcitizen.org. Thank you!