Anil Puri, Twin Cities Rotary Club, will be our guest speaker on Wednesday, May 20 to recount his recent pilgrimage to India to provide polio immunizations. Polio is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under 5 years old attacking the nervous system and can lead to paralysis.  There is no cure for polio but there is a preventative safe and effective vaccine.  The poliovirus is commonly spread from person to person through contaminated water.  
 
Rotary began its campaign to fight Polio in 1979 and has been part of the team to immunize 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.  This is a 99.9% reduction in polio cases world wide.  Rotary won't stop until the disease is gone for good.  
 
During National Immunization Day, Puri was part of a team of Rotarians and World Health Organization team members that helped to vaccinate 300,000 in the City of Jhansi.  Founded in 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public private partnership between Rotary, the World Health Organization, The United Nations Children's Fund, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.