Rotary NPPC chair for Pakistan Aziz Memon was interviewed about efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan. The story focuses entirely on Rotary’s efforts in the country.
Rotary’s NPPC chairs from the three remaining endemic countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, participated in a live online video interview to discuss the current status of polio eradication in their respective countries.
The article identified Rotary as a major player in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In addition, Rotary’s PolioPlus coordinator in Germany, Hans Pfarr, was quoted. Bild der Wissenschaft is a German science magazine with over half a million readers.
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Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s NPPC chair for Nigeria, discusses the vast improvements Nigeria has made toward eradicating polio in the country. Chair Funsho is quoted multiple times throughout the article.
South Africa Broadcast Corporation (SABC)
SABC interviewed Rotary polio eradication celebrity ambassador and singer/songwriter Angelique Kidjo. She implored African women to support polio vaccination and explained the success of Rotary’s World’s Biggest Commercial campaign.
The story is based on an in-person radio interview with one of Nigeria’s National PolioPlus Vice Chairs, Kazeem Mustapha. It showcases the new strategies being used to address security issues.
In an interview with Reuters TV, Rotary polio ambassador and polio survivor Itzhak Perlman advocates for polio eradication.
Angelique Kidjo, Beninese singer-songwriter and Rotary celebrity ambassador, wrote an op-ed urging African mothers to vaccinate their children and describing polio eradication as a cause that “is very dear to me.”