How Rotary Chooses Where To Spend $150 Million On Polio Eradication Annually
Every year, Rotary International spends $150 million on polio eradication. Ever wonder how they decide where to spend that money?
Judith Diment, a member of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee who serves on the grants committee, takes us inside the decision-making process to help us see both how exciting and difficult the process is. Watch the full interview above.
Interview with Judith Diment, the Coordinator of Rotary’s Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force/UK National Advocacy Advisor for polio of Rotary International.
The following is the pre-interview with Judith Diment. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.
What is your personal or professional connection to polio?
I have helped shape Rotary polio advocacy in the UK for more than 20 years.
Where are you presently focused?
The economic case for investing in polio eradication as an important public health cause.
How do we get from where we are to total polio eradication?
The GPEI’s updated Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 outlines the remaining challenges in achieving eradication and addresses the steps we must take to end all forms of poliovirus for good and sustain a polio-free future.
More about Rotary International:
Rotary brings together people of action from all continents and cultures who deliver real, long-term solutions to the world’s most persistent issues. Each year, Rotary members contribute millions of dollars and volunteer hours to promote health, peace and prosperity in communities across the globe. Rotary is the driving force behind efforts to eradicate polio. With its partners, they have achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio, with less than 35 cases reported in 2018 compared with 350,000 a year three decades ago.
Judith Diment. Photo Credit: Rotary International
Judith Diment’s bio:
Judith Diment, of the Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames, England, leads Rotary’s UK advocacy efforts, and is a passionate fundraiser and International PolioPlus Committee member.
Diment is also an experienced public relations consultant with 20 years of experience in global health advocacy and government relations.
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