Thirty years ago, polio paralyzed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world.
On 12 June, global health leaders gathered to announce US$1.2 billion in funding for polio eradication at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since 1985, Rotary International, through its PolioPlus program, has been working tirelessly alongside the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, UNICEF, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation, and a host of other volunteers to eradicate polio.
Rotarians from around the world convened in Atlanta during the early part of June 2017 to celebrate another year of “Service Above Self” and the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary at this month’s International Conference in Atlanta, the Rotary Foundation reaffirmed its commitment to the global eradication of polio.
At last week’s meeting, we welcomed District Governor-Nominee Bill Petty from the Tuscaloosa Morning Club as he shared his story of participating in the National Immunization Days (NIDs) in India.
Along with 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide, Madison Rotarians are committed to continue the fight begun in 1985 to eradicate polio.
Since 2006, we have been collecting pocket change in an annual campaign to raise money for polio eradication.
Honduras is the 2nd poorest country in Central America, with approximately 64% of Hondurans living below the poverty level of 2 dollars per day.