It has been an extraordinary year for Polio Plus. This announcement was made at the club meeting on January 23 by Durham Rotary Foundation Co-Chair, Dr. Andy Barada. The specifics:
- Rotary International announced that we have MET the $200 million goal.
- The Gates Foundation $400 million to the polio cause which is $50 million extra.
- India, one of the PAIN quartet of nations (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria) reported NO CASES of POLIO for 1 Year.
- The Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan have decided to temporarily stop fighting long enough to get their children immunized.
With this discussion of polio, which is a viral disease, as an introduction, Andy presented a Paul Harris Fellowship +1 pin to one of the world’s most eminent virologists, Durham Rotarian Bill Joklik.