World on the brink of ending polio, needs resolve, says Independent Monitoring Board
Rotary International and the other spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have received a letter from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), reporting on the effort’s progress as of the end of 2012. The IMB, which met by teleconference on 18 January, independently verifies progress toward the achievement of a polio-free world.
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Wilfrid J. Wilkinson received the letter sent to Rotary. Identical to the letter to the World Health Organization that appears on the global initiative’s website, it states that “The world is on the brink of eradicating polio. This goal absolutely must be seen through to completion.”
Noting that the global initiative has performed well but citing challenges that remain, the IMB concludes that, “If the right things are done and commitment remains high,” polio eradication will happen.
“Rotary appreciates the IMB’s assessment of both the strong progress that has been made and the further improvement that is needed in the global effort to eradicate polio,” says Wilkinson. “Rotarians have worked tirelessly to help bring the world to the tipping point in the fight against the disease. We are energized by the marked reduction of polio cases and are committed to finishing the job.”