World Polio Day Commemoration with Orem Rotary and UVU Rotaract

For a second year, the Office for Global Engagement is partnering with Orem Rotary and UVU chapter of Rotaract to bring awareness to the need to End Polio Now. This initiative directly supports the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goal #3 which focuses on Health and Well-being for all at all ages.

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free. The COVID-19 crisis has interrupted childhood immunization efforts globally. Measles and polio vaccination campaigns, in particular, have been badly hit, with suspended measles campaigns in 27 countries and suspended polio campaigns in 38 countries.

Dr. Baldomero Lago, UVU Chief International Officer
Yana Andersen, UVU Rotaract Club President
Dr. Scott Leckman, Utah Rotary
Dean Robinson, Orem Rotary Club President