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11/04/2011: Rotary of Long Island honors Philippines as origin of successful Rotary health programs

Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. welcomes the members of Rotary Districts of Long Island in a reception held at the Embassy on April 8, 2011 in recognition of Rotary’s Polio Plus and Gift of Life Programs. These global health programs drew inspiration from Filipino Rotarian Dr. Benny Santos who tapped the Rotary in the efforts to eradicate polio in the Philippines.

Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. welcomes the members of Rotary Districts of Long Island in a reception held at the Embassy on April 8, 2011 in recognition of Rotary’s Polio Plus and Gift of Life Programs. These global health programs drew inspiration from Filipino Rotarian Dr. Benny Santos who tapped the Rotary in the efforts to eradicate polio in the Philippines.

Rotary District Governors Arnie Quaranta (left) and Robbie Donno (right) presented a commemorative plaque to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., (center) in honor of the Rotary District in the Philippines that led the fight against polio. The Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, which was inspired by the efforts of Rotary in the Philippines, has inoculated more than two billion children around the world of the polio vaccine.

Rotary District Governors Arnie Quaranta (left) and Robbie Donno (right) presented a commemorative plaque to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., (center) in honor of the Rotary District in the Philippines that led the fight against polio. The Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, which was inspired by the efforts of Rotary in the Philippines, has inoculated more than two billion children around the world of the polio vaccine.

April 11, 2011, Washington, DC -  In a reception held at the Embassy of the Philippines on April 8, 2011, the Rotary Districts of Long Island gave recognition to the Philippines as the birthplace of Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, a global initiative to eradicate polio.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. expressed his gratitude to the Rotary for the honor. The Ambassador said, “We take pride in the fact that through an idea which came from the Philippines, Rotary launched a global initiative to eliminate polio and continues to work hard to ensure that the job will be completed.”

Polio Plus, known as the Rotary’s greatest humanitarian program, traces its roots in the Philippines when Filipino Rotarian Dr. Benny Santos sought the help of Rotary International in the efforts to eradicate  polio in the Philippines. The Rotary then launched a global campaign and since 1986, more than two billion children have been inoculated by the polio vaccine. The world is now 99.9% polio free.

The Embassy of Uganda, represented by Counselor Patrick Muganda, was also given recognition in honor of Rotarians in Uganda who inspired the beginnings of Gift of Life, another Rotary program that provided lifesaving heart surgery to around 12,000 children in 67 countries. - END