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24 Oct 2017 description

24 October 2017, Addis Ababa: Today, as the world commemorates World Polio Day, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to building on the success of our joint polio eradication efforts and sustaining the polio free status of the country.

18 Oct 2007 description
report Rotary

More than 70 Rotarians from the United States and Canada are working with fellow Rotarians, volunteers, and health workers to administer the oral polio vaccine to children as part of a nationwide immunization campaign in Ethiopia 18-20 October.

Ezra Teshome of the Rotary Club of Seattle, who has led seven other immunization campaigns in Ethiopia, is leading the group. Teshome emigrated to the United States from Ethiopia in 1971.

"This is a historic opportunity to end polio in my former homeland - and worldwide," he says.

04 Nov 2005 description
report Rotary

By Vukoni Lupa-Lasaga

More than 100,000 health workers and volunteers participated in three days of door-to-door national polio immunizations targeting 16 million children under age five in Ethiopia at the end of October.

Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis launched the event at the National Palace in the capital, Addis Ababa, on 26 October, two days ahead of the official start date.

22 Mar 2005 description
report Rotary

Part of rapid response plan to stem the spread of the virus in previously polio-free countries

(EVANSTON, IL, USA - 22 March 2005) Rotary International today approved a US$500,000 grant to the World Health organization in response to two children that recently contracted polio in Ethiopia. The money will be used to support massive polio immunization campaigns in Ethiopia during early April and May.

This marks the first time the virus has been reported in that country in four years.