Archie Panjabi and experts to speak at World Polio Day 2013 event
The event, "World Polio Day: Making History," will be co-organized by Rotary International and Northwestern University's Center for Global Health.
"Seeing India become polio-free is tremendous, and I am committed to making sure that no other child anywhere suffers from polio again," Panjabi said.
World Health Organization Assistant Director General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration Dr. Bruce Aylward, Northwestern University's Center for Global Health Director Dr. Robert Murphy and U.S. Paralympian and polio survivor Dennis Ogbe will speak at the event.
The event will take place at Northwestern University's John Hughes Auditorium and stream on the Internet at www.endpolionow.org.
"How fitting that we are holding this important program in Chicago, Rotary's hometown," Rotary Polio-Eradication Program Chair Dr. Robert Scott said. "Rotary began the fight to end polio, and (on) World Polio Day 2013, we and our partners have never been closer to our goal of a polio-free world."
When Rotary International helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, polio infected more than 350,000 people each year. In 2012, reported cases of polio dropped to 223, a reduction of more than 99 percent.