Posted by Colin Heggie on Aug 10, 2021
Jim Kanester, our Rotary Foundation Director, shared an Oct 2020 World Polio Update  which announced Africa is now “wild polio-free.”  “The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the vaccine alliance. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.”  The last two remaining countries with active cases are Afghanistan & Pakistan.  Rotarians have been fund-raising, helping open doors to vaccine-hesitant countries, & participating in vaccine delivery to children for over 35 years.  It’s estimated over 20m children are alive today as a direct result of the End Polio Now initiative.  Because there are many parallels between the polio vaccine trials of 1954-55, & our current Covid-19 vaccine development & delivery, GPEI contacts & infrastructure are being used to help with the fight against Covid-19.  All Rotarians are encouraged to (continue to) support funding for this important goal.  See also  Ending Polio | Rotary International