Dr. Baker returns Sept. 5. He welcomes guest writers Patty and Mikayla Thompson, supporters of the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign.
They wrote this fourth together:
Who really wants to end polio now?
1.2 million people like us—and maybe you, too?
After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push now is needed to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Rotary is raising $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio,” Bill Gates says. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high. The World Health Organization also has made ending Polio its top priority. WHO’s Director General Dr. Margaret Chan says, “As an international community we have few opportunities to do something that is unquestionably good for every country and every child in perpetuity. Polio eradication is one of these opportunities.”
More than 33,000 Rotary clubs have 1.2 million members worldwide working to eradicate polio.
What do you know about Rotary (click the logo above for more)?
If you’re a member, tell us why you’re part of the polio campaign.
Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.