Observing World Polio Day

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff 

Today, on World Polio Day, we are celebrating all the progress we’ve made in fighting polio over the years. Since 1988, we’ve reduced cases by 99.9%. With three countries remaining endemic, we still have a lot more work to do to eradicate the disease for good.

Past District Governor Ann Lee Hussey, Executive Director of the Rotarian Action Group for Polio Survivors and Associate, shares her story of living with polio in the video below. Her experiences drive her commitment to end the disease once and for all.

The Rotarian Action Group for Polio Survivors and Associates (PSA) gathers and disseminates information to increase awareness around the health of polio survivors and those involved with their health care. We encourage you to work with the group on your polio initiatives.

Join our live event today at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at 14:30 (UTC-7) for an update on our global campaign to eradicate polio. Find details on how to watch the livestream. Remember to share pictures of how you are celebrating World Polio Day on social media using #endpolio.

3 thoughts on “Observing World Polio Day

  1. MY MOM, Irene Ullmer is 94, the 10th of 17 children, and now 94. She is a polio survivor, the only one in her family to get it. She got it as a child. She had a heart attack at age 82, but survived that and is still going with her daughter daily to get her exercise walking and fresh air. One leg is about an inch shorter than the other, but she doesn’t limp or use a shoe lift. She’s a real trooper and now just has the usual old-age aches and pains occasionally. She is an honorary member of the Centerville Rotary and comes to every meeting with her daughter. She also helps out on project days and will be there this Saturday when the Centrerville Rotary serves up pancakes and sausages at its Pancake Breakfast Fund-raiser at Centerville High School, in Centerville Ohio. That’s on East Franklin Street. From 7 to noon. Tickets available at the door for $6, and all you can eat. Sorry for the commercial, but that’s where we’re headed this week.

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