The Geneva City Council has proclaimed October 24 as World Polio Day in Geneva. The work to eradicate polio is a collaboration of Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
 
This year, the WHO declared the continent of Africa polio free. There are only 2 countries that still have active live polio, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The only other disease that has been eradicated is smallpox. 
 
Finishing the eradication is critical. WHO estimates that if these efforts would stop, within 10 years the world would see 200,000 polio cases annually. 
 
The work done by this collaboration will also speed the delivery, distribution and vaccination world wide of the vaccine for COVID 19. Over the years, the challenges of cold storage, logistics, vaccinations and monitoring will be leveraged to support this critical work.
 
You can help by going to ENDPOLIO.ORG to learn more or to donate. Due to the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  every dollar will be matched by two dollars from the Gates Foundation.  Your dollar will be turned into $3 which will pay for 6 vaccinations. ------ Photo  Mayor Kevin Burns  right  and Geneva Rotary's Chuck Miles  - Assistant District Governor - District 6440 and past club president Geneva Rotary