Live streaming event showcases a century of progress on polio
In 1916, New York City experienced a devastating outbreak of polio— the first major outbreak of the disease in the United States. One hundred years later, the world is a different place in fighting this disease. Cases have been reduced by 99 percent over the last 25 years and polio has been stopped in all but three countries.
Global Health Strategies and partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are hosting Polio Past & Present on 20 September at the historic New York Library as an opportunity for global leaders and supporters to recognize the progress we have made and recommit to polio eradication. Speakers include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization; Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Minda Dentler, triathlete, polio survivor, and Rotary Polio Ambassador; and more.
The event begins on Tuesday, 20 September at 19:00 (Eastern Standard Time).