The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Opinion: We can achieve world without polio

June 9, 2017

Atlanta has long been a hub for action on global health issues, and during the upcoming Rotary International Convention, our city has the chance to step up once again as global leaders and Rotary members gather here to support ending polio once and for all.

Polio is a devastating disease, and Rotary International has been a leader in helping stop it. As a Rotary member and founder of the United Nations Foundation, protecting kids from polio is a cause near to my heart, and I’m proud of the many Rotarians who have given their time, talent, and resources to vaccinate children and fight this disease. They are an example of how each of us can make a difference in the world.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary International works along with United Nations agencies (the World Health Organization and UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to rid the world of this terrible disease. The initiative coordinates the international effort, working with national governments, health workers, volunteers, and other partners, including the UN Foundation.

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