Isabelli Fontana, Brazilian supermodel and Rotary polio ambassador, traveled to New Delhi on March 17-18 to administer polio vaccine to children. Although India has been declared polio-free last year, the vaccination campaign is still on to ensure that the disease does not re-emerge in the country. She also visited patients at St. Stephen's Hospital in New Delhi.
Fontana said, "It is an honor to travel to India and vaccinate children against this paralyzing disease. We cannot forget that immunizations must continue to keep polio from returning to India and being spread across the globe. I have participated in many campaigns in my homeland of Brazil for the same reason."
India was once the world's epicenter of polio. It was certified polio-free in March 2014 due to a massive joint effort by the Government of India, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Fontana is the star of many advertising campaigns, a high fashion model, Victoria's Secret model and the current face of L'Oreal for Latin America. She signed on to be an ambassador for polio eradication in 2013.