Rotarians led the fight to eradicate polio

April 30, 2013

Your health section recently noted that a Hopkins dean was among those who want to eradicate polio ("Hopkins dean joins effort to eradicate polio," April 21).

I believe we all ascribe to that hope. My comment comes from the point of view of all the work and money spent over the last 30 years by the Rotary Foundation and it's 34,000 community-based service clubs to achieve just that.

The fact is that Rotary International was the first organization to have the vision of a polio free world, and it has since contributed over $1 billion to eradicate polio — not to mention the thousands of Rotarians who have rolled up their sleeves to volunteer during National Immunization Days.

Rotary International was instrumental in the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and, with the addition of Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gates Foundation, the eradication of polio worldwide is almost within our reach.

Speaking for my Rotarian members, we would appreciate a little more recognition along with those who more recently have joined the campaign.

George Brecht

The writer is president of the Baltimore Rotary Club.

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