World Leaders Pledge to End Polio

On June 12, 2017, global leaders in public health and experts gathered at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia to show their commitment to end polio and pledged US $1.2 billion to eradicate this disease. Ambassador Mohib was also present alongside other world leaders representing Afghanistan. He said, “We’ve been ramping up our efforts and improving performance nationwide, and will continue to do so until we end the transmission of this disease in our country.”

In a separate meeting, Ambassador Mohib met with Bill Gates in Atlanta, GA. They discussed the progress Afghanistan has made in reaching far and insecure areas of the country to vaccinate children. In 2017, there have only been 3 cases of polio reported, down from 13 cases in 2016. Ambassador Mohib added that Afghanistan is committed to ending polio and that the country can see its last case of polio in months, not years. At the conference, Bill Gates stated that “great things can happen when we are bold and willing to work together”. 

Learn more about the event from pledging organizations such as UNICEF and Rotary by clicking here and here.