Wed. Oct. 20, 2021 Weekly Meeting (Zoom Only), Speaker: Neil McBeth, Rotary Zone Coordinator, End Polio Now: "Polio Eradication Progress"

Wed. Oct. 20, 2021 Speaker: Neil McBeth, Rotary Zone Coordinator, End Polio Now: “Polio Eradication Progress and Challenges”

Neil McBeth

Past Rotary International District 6400 Governor 2009-2010, Zone 28C

End Polio Now Coordinator 2020-2023

Introducer: Rosemarie Rowney

Presentation: Zoom

Neil McBeth who is a Rotary International End Polio Now Zone Coordinator. He is trained to present the most current information on Rotary’s polio eradication efforts so it should be an interesting talk.  We will be joined by our District polio coordinators as guests. So far this year, there have been only 2 cases of wild polio virus cases identified; 1 in Pakistan and 1 in Afghanistan. It will be interesting to hear how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has shifted resources and strategies in response to COVID and the unrest in these countries.

Neil will provide important updates in the following areas:

Polio today 1988 -2021; Pakistan and Afghanistan
Wild Polio Virus and Circulating Vaccine derived polio virus
New tool: novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2)
A new polio eradication strategy to address the remaining hurdles that remain; major elements of the strategy, related objectives and the projected timeline to declare a polio free world.
Fundraising, (End Polio campaign) how donations are used
The role of advocacy and raising awareness.
“Vaccines work and the fight to End Polio is proof”

Neil is from Essex, Ontario and has been a Rotary member since 1985. When Neil was younger his father, who was an active Rotarian made Rotary fun for the whole family and Neil also continues the tradition as Neil’s wife Cheryl and son David are also members of the Rotary club of Essex. Neil is a retired teacher and farmer in southwestern Ontario and is active in many facets of Rotary and his community. He is past District 6400 Governor and now serves Rotary International as an End Polio Now Zone Coordinator.
Coordinators provide leadership and foster awareness, advocacy, and financial support activities at the district and club levels to achieve the certification of polio eradication. They:
• Help raise a minimum of $50 million worldwide in contributions, District Designated Funds (DDF), and World Fund Match
• Advocate for government support for polio eradication through appropriate advocacy strategies
• Promote polio eradication to Rotarians and their local community


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