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The man who kicked polio out of Africa
Another reason the children of the world will always be grateful to Nelson Mandela
Rotary World Understanding and Peace Award winner Nelson Mandela immunizes a child at a "Kick Polio Out of Africa" event in Africa. June 1996.
6 December 2013 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative joins the millions around the world who mourn Nelson Mandela’s passing and give thanks for his life and his gift to future generations – the gift of a world without apartheid. The children of the world have another reason to be grateful to Mandela: he was a great champion of polio eradication, not only in his own country, but across the African continent.
“[O]ur aim is not merely to reduce the numbers afflicted - it is to eliminate the disease completely. No country can be safe from this disease until the whole world is rid of it. For it can cross borders with ease,” he told the assembled crowd.
The ‘Kick Polio out of Africa’ campaign is still going strong. Today South Africa is polio-free. Only one country in all of Africa remains polio-endemic. And with every passing year, the dream of a polio-free Africa moves closer to reality – thanks in part to the father of the South African nation.