PP and DG nominee Savita: introduced Carol Pandak, head of the Rotary Polio Plus program since 2000.  The Polio program was founded in 1979 with the goal of eradicating this terrible disease world wide. The Gates Foundation joined on in 1987, and has given a total of $985 MM!  The program includes Fundraising, Advocacy, Raising Awareness,  and Rotarian Engagement.  
 
Through the Polio Plus program, a world wide health care capacity network has been created, which includes hundreds of thousands of trained vaccinators, hundreds of thousands of community mobilizers, and  tens of thousands of medical officers.  It also includes a  Global Polio Lab Network that provides surveillance, disease detection  and intervention.  LINK
 
The work of Rotary in creating and sustaining this effort is something that all Rotarians should promote, with pride! Support World Polio Day. (ww.endpolio.org)  
Because of Polio Plus, the number of countries with wild polio cases is down to 2 (Pakistan and Afghanistan), and 19MM people today are walking, who would otherwise have been stricken with polio. In August, the African continent was been declared free {of wild virus}, and total eradication is within reach! 
 
Polio Plus vaccination activities were paused this year due to Covid, but the surveillance system, routine clinic immunizations, and vaccine supply chains continued uninterrupted.  Now reduced scale operations have resumed, and are ramping up. 
 
The infrastructure built through the Polio Plus program has been used as well to help fight SARS, avian flu, yellow fever, and now , Covid. The Covid initiative includes providing education about hygiene and how to prevent spread; contact tracing; PPE distribution; and surveillance through the Global Polio Lab Network, which tests for Covid as well as polio.  This is truly a world-wide community asset, and worthy of our continued support.  Let’s finish the job!  Clubs are encouraged to donate $1500 to the effort (which will be matched by the Gates Foundation). 
 
The work of Rotary in creating and sustaining this effort is something that all Rotarians should promote, with pride! Support World Polio Day. (ww.endpolio.org)