Last November, on a trip to India with PATH supporters, we visited a village in Bihar. Bihar is one of India’s poorest states, with very high rates of maternal and newborn mortality and a literacy rate of just 64 percent. We traveled out to the Kurkuri village clinic, where dozens of people were waiting for immunizations. At the front of the line was a petite, white-haired woman, holding her 3-year-old granddaughter Meni.
I’ll never forget what she said.
She said she was terrified of Japanese encephalitis and wanted to protect Meni with the vaccine. It may seem simple, but by vaccinating Meni she was doing more than protecting her against Japanese encephalitis; she was advocating for her granddaughter’s future. Continue reading