Afghan Youth Connect leads an assembly on polio eradication.
By Stephen R. Brown, past Rotary Foundation trustee
During a three-day period encompassing World Polio Day, 24 October, a group of students in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, conducted a polio awareness campaign that was able to reach many of their peers with the message about Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. While many clubs worldwide held activities around World Polio Day, this one was especially exciting to me because these students are part of a program known as Afghan Youth Connect (AYC) which I have been involved with since 2008. Continue reading
Mohammed Ishak, Rotary Club of Jalalabad, holds the torch during a joint event with the Rotary Club of Kabul City. Luke Beer, author of this post, is second from right in back.
By Luke Beer, president of the Rotary Club of Kabul City, Afghanistan
As some of you know, a Rotary “flame” was launched in December in Chennai, India, to commemorate India becoming polio-free and to promote the need to go the last mile in the battle to eradicate this horrible crippling disease. The torch has made its way through several countries already, and will pass through all three polio endemic countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria – before arriving at the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo 6-9 June.
I want to share with you just how inspiring it was to be part of the flame’s journey. As an Afghan club, we are so grateful for the energy it has given us as a club to refocus our efforts on polio awareness, working alongside the Rotary Club of Jalalabad. Continue reading
By Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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
By Stephen R. Brown, Rotary Foundation trustee and a member of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA.
RI President Kalyan Banerjee presents Afghan President Hamid Karzai with a medal in recognition of his support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
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
Harriet “Pepi” Noble is a Rotarian and author of the blog, A Noble Purpose.
A Rotarian from District 3700 (Korea) administers oral polio vaccine to a child at a health camp in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, in November. Photo courtesy of Young Han Kim
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