The Final Inch – Award Nominated Documentary available online

The Final Inch Fifty years after the development of the polio vaccine in the United States…

On Saturday, April 18, HBO will rebroadcast “The Final Inch”, an academy award-nominated documentary about polio in India . UNICEF India assisted with the making of the film.

The HBO web site provides the following summary: Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for polio was developed in the U.S. , the polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. This 2008 Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject follows health workers into India’s most impoverished neighborhoods for a look at the massive and highly personal mission that is under way to eradicate one of history’s most feared diseases, now largely a disease of the world’s poor.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman and Dr. Larry Brilliant, Chief Philanthropy Evangelist of, recently attended a screening of the film on April 3rd and both spoke on a panel about how global polio eradication is within reach.

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