World Polio Day, 24 October 2022

Together, we end polio!

24 October is World Polio Day, a global day to raise awareness and resources for the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.  Communities, Rotarians, civil society, governments and partners around the world are organizing events to mark the occasion and draw attention to the opportunity to rid the world of an infectious disease once and for all, including at a special event at WHO’s European Regional Office with keynote speakers from partners and the Global Certification Commission for Polio Eradication.

On 21-22 October, Rotarians and WHO are meeting to examine how their joint collaboration on polio eradication can be applied to broader public health efforts, at an event called:  World Polio Day and Beyond:  a healthier future for mothers and children.  Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Rotary International President for 2022-2023 Jennifer Jones will discuss the work the two organizations have done together for decades to eradicate polio and how they will continue to work together on a healthier future for mothers and children.

World Polio Day this year comes on the heels, of a global GPEI pledging moment, co-hosted by the German Government, held on 18 October at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany.  At this event, the global community committed US$2.6 billion to the global effort to eradicate polio.  It was an important first step, and clear sign of global solidarity, to ensuring all resources to achieve success are mobilized.  We will all benefit equally from a polio-free world, so all of us have clear responsibility to help achieve it.  Together, we end polio!

Addressing the pledging event in Berlin by video, Sadiya, a vaccinator from Nigeria, said:  “Together, we end polio!  I will do my best.  I hope you will too.”  World Polio Day is the ideal opportunity to follow Sadiya’s lead, and also do all of our best.


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