Rotary gives Ethiopia $2m to fight polio
Ahead of the October 24 observance of World Polio Day 2014, Rotary has announced $2 million in grants to combat polio in Ethiopia, reports said on Wednesday. Rotary said in a statement that the funds are "part of its broader contribution of $44.7 million to end the paralyzing disease worldwide-will be used by UNICEF to support high quality polio immunization campaigns.
"We are pleased it appears we have halted the polio outbreak in Ethiopia," said Tadesse Alemu, Rotary’s National PolioPlus Chair for Ethiopia, referencing the country’s only case this year, recorded more than nine months ago on 14 January.
However, given the mobility of our global society, until polio is gone from Africa and the world. “Ethiopian children will remain at risk for this disease," Alemu added.
To date, Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of children.
Rotary’s new funding commitment targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but totally vaccine-preventable disease.