Emmy-winning actress Archie Panjabi teams up with Rotary to stop polio
Panjabi personally saw the devastation of polio during time her family spent in Mumbai, India, when she was a child.
"I grew up in London and at the age of 10, I moved to Mumbai for two years," Panjabi said. "One of the things that struck me on my daily walk to school was seeing polio survivors crawling on the streets using just their hands."
In March, Panjabi visited New Delhi, India, with a team of Rotary volunteers to immunize children against polio and visit with polio patients at a nearby hospital.
"I visited a health clinic, where I met parents who brought their babies, siblings who brought their little brothers and sisters - all to receive the oral polio vaccine," Panjabi said. "I placed drops of vaccine into a child's mouth, and I was so moved... knowing that this child was now safe from this devastating disease forever."
In April, Panjabi was the emcee for The Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi. Co-hosting the event were United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
During the summit, global leaders and philanthropists pledged approximately three-quarters of the $5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio in the next six years.
Polio is endemic in three countries: Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. India, which at one time was expected to be the final polio-free country, has had no cases since 2011.
"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.