Media lauds Rotary’s anti-polio efforts PolioPlus director Carol Pandak highlights the importance of Rotary's efforts in eradicating the scourge especially from Africa.

A Rotarian inoculates a child with polio vaccine during a welcome ceremony kicking off a National Immunisation Day (NID) in the village of Messikro, Cote d'Ivoire.
A Rotarian inoculates a child with polio vaccine during a welcome ceremony kicking off a National Immunisation Day (NID) in the village of Messikro, Cote d’Ivoire.

Global news agency Reuters has published an article highlighting Rotary’s support of a large-scale polio immunisation campaign currently happening in 13 countries across west and central Africa. The article, which includes multiple quotes from PolioPlus director Carol Pandak, highlights the importance and magnitude of the efforts about to be underway and strong inclusion of the role that Rotary has played in its coordination. This article has been picked up by news outlets around the world, including The Daily Mail, Deustche Welle, Yahoo News, among others.
Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive to contain an outbreak of the disease in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria.
Vaccination teams are aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries from Mauritania to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said on Friday. Here is the Reuters story.
Rotary was also included in STAT’s e-newsletter Morning Rounds on Friday. The excerpt includes key, topline information about the upcoming vaccination campaign in Africa. Of note, Rotary is the only GPEI organisation specifically highlighted within the description, and includes a short quote from Carol Pandak.
Earlier this month, Vice published an article highlighting the work Rotary and the GPEI has done on the ground in India and around the world. Rotary is positioned alongside UNICEF as the people on the ground that find a way to vaccinate in difficult areas.

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