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Register now for a polio and healthcare event in Geneva 

World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond: A healthier future for mothers and children, will be held virtually and in-person on 21-22 October in Geneva, Switzerland. The event will highlight the status of polio eradication and address the potential for community-based solutions that go beyond immunizations to enhance the health of mothers and their children.

Following the announcement of Rotary's pledge of an additional US$150 million toward future polio eradication efforts, Rotary International President Jennifer Jones will join Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) in discussing the state of polio eradication and its broader relevance to global health. Register now to attend in-person. (Registration not required to take part virtually). Watch the event via livestream. 

The recent detections of the poliovirus in New York and UK have increased awareness of the disease's continued threat. Earlier this year, an unvaccinated man in New York was paralyzed and poliovirus was detected in sewage in London. The moment presents an opportunity to highlight the importance of vaccinations as the only form of protection against polio and many other diseases.

At the Geneva event, experts in polio, vaccines and maternal and child health will also discuss the benefits of going "beyond" immunization efforts to invest in the children protected by these vaccines and their mothers. Building on the current investments will ensure that the mothers and children saved from vaccine-preventable diseases can benefit from other preventative and life-saving services, enabling mothers to have a positive experience with their pregnancy and empowering young children to achieve their full potential.

The event will be held in English with French and Spanish interpretation.