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    More Rotarians working as specialists in polio fight A record five Rotarians, along with 34 other health professionals, are currently serving on the 17th Stop
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      More Rotarians working as specialists in polio fight

      A record five Rotarians, along with 34 other health professionals,
      are currently serving on the 17th Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP)
      team. The Rotarians and their colleagues flew to their sites in mid-
      September following eight days of training at the U.S. Centers for
      Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. The
      group will spend the next three months conducting surveillance and
      monitoring immunization activities in 14 polio-endemic and high-risk
      countries.
      The CDC launched the STOP program in January 1999 with support from
      Rotary International and its other partners in the Global Polio
      Eradication Initiative — UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
      Since then, 568 experienced public health professionals have served
      under its auspices.

      Rotarians selected for the 17th STOP team are Kehinde Craig, a member
      of the Rotary Club of Festac Town, Nigeria, working in Sudan; Jenny
      Horton, of Paddington/Red Hill, Australia, working in Botswana;
      Charles Kasozi, of Masaka, Uganda, working in Lesotho; Ella Lacey, of
      Carbondale, Illinois, USA, working in India; and Henrique Pinto, of
      Leiria, Portugal, working in Angola.

      The 17th STOP team is a diverse corps from 22 nations who bring wide-
      ranging medical expertise to their assigned countries. Program
      veterans include two of the five Rotarians: Lacey, who is on her
      sixth STOP assignment, and Horton, on her second.

      Lacey, a former professor of behavioral and social science at
      Southern Illinois University(now retired), joined the Peace Corps in
      1996 and was assigned to work in a district health office in Malawi,
      where she assisted with immunization programs and helped coordinate
      her first polio immunization campaign.

      In 2003, Lacey served on her fifth STOP team alongside Horton, a
      nurse. They performed surveillance in Ethiopia for three months,
      targeting the country's last polio-infected areas. Health officials
      certified Ethiopia polio-free shortly after the STOP team left.

      Kasozi is serving on his first team, but he is no stranger to the
      CDC. In 1997, he worked to strengthen public health management
      training in developing nations through the CDC's Sustainable
      Management Development Program.

      During his 2002-03 term as governor of RI District 1970, Pinto led a
      delegation of observers from Portugal to the Democratic Republic of
      Timor-Leste, where he met with Interact and Rotaract club members and
      assisted with reconstruction efforts. He has been a PolioPlus
      national advocacy adviser since 2003.

      "As much as we work very hard, I still believe the privilege is ours
      to participate in this program and to be part of making our world
      that little bit better for the children," Horton reported in the
      September edition of her personal newsletter, Manna from Botswana.

      Source: R I Website
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