This week, I am heading from Seattle to New York to speak for 180 seconds. I will be talking at a United Nations meeting about the fight to eradicate polio. I am very passionate on the subject, and I usually prefer to discuss it for hours at a time. In this case, however, I am happy to stop at three minutes. Because the reason my time is short is that so many people are committed to eradication we can barely all squeeze into the program. Continue reading
On 30 March, Fary Moini, a fellow member of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, and I left San Diego for Afghanistan.
I have been to Afghanistan a number of times to oversee various educational projects of our club. But this trip was different. This trip had been arranged on a top secret, need to know basis, and was destined to make history. For the first time, an RI president was scheduled to visit Afghanistan, and meet with the country’s president, Hamid Karzai.
Only now, with RI President Kalyan Banerjee safely out of Afghanistan, can I release details of the visit. Continue reading
It’s International Women’s Day and I’m celebrating and spreading the news that thousands of women on two continents play a major role in eradicating polio.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative tells the story of these female vaccinators and front line health care workers in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
And they are not working in hospitals or clinics, but in the field, traveling door-to-door, down back alleys to talk Continue reading