Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)
Vol. 31, No. 4, Fall 2015
WE’RE STILL HERE!
In 2007, PHI launched an annual WE’RE STILL HERE! campaign to remind the world that, while polio has been declared eradicated in most places around the globe, polio survivors are still here. They are contributing members of society and active in their communities, taking an active role as civic leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, artists, farmers and elected officials.
According to an analysis done by PHI, there are more than 650,000 survivors in the United States, with more than half experiencing new problems in maintaining their quality of life. Some are experiencing new weakness that may require new assistive devices, such as new bracing, custom-made shoes, wheelchairs and scooters. Some are in need of home health care and new breathing machines, such as bi-level devices and ventilators. Additionally, aging polio survivors are in need of health professionals who understand how to manage their health issues.