• 14-MAR-2013

  • SOURCE: Rotary International

Bill Gates meets with Rotary members and other polio supporters

Bill Gates meets with Rotary members and other polio supporters
14 March – Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, met March 14 with members of Rotary and other supporters of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The rally preceded a lunch briefing for Congressional staff members to stress the importance of continued U.S. support for the worldwide campaign to eradicate the crippling childhood disease. Launched by Rotary and its partners in 1988, the initiative has reduced the incidence of polio by more than 99 percent, from 350,000 cases a year to barely 220 in 2012. Rotary and Gates urge the world community to commit to the final push needed to stop the virus in the countries where it remains endemic – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan – thereby preventing a resurgence that could quickly paralyze hundreds of thousands of children within a few years. To learn more, visit endpolio.org.

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