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Rotary’s Lead Polio Fighter ‘Not Discouraged’ By Ongoing Trickle Of Cases

Carol Pandak, the director of PolioPlus for Rotary International, acknowledged that the fight against polio is difficult. Rooting out polio from conflict regions in Afghanistan especially is challenging. Still, she says, she is not discouraged.

Rotary has increased its annual fundraising commitment from $35 million to $50 million per year to make finishing the job possible. Carol says, “We made a commitment to the world and we haven’t completed it, yet.”

“We hope the end is coming soon,” Carol adds.

Interview with Carol Pandak, the Director, PolioPlus of Rotary International.

The following is the pre-interview with Carol Pandak. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

For-profit/Nonprofit: Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to polio eradication since it started its PolioPlus program in 1985.

What is the problem you solve and how do you solve it?

Polio eradication with Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners.

More about Rotary International:

Twitter: @EndPolioNow  @Rotary



Rotary brings together a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.

Carol Pandak. Photo Credit: Devin Thorpe

Carol Pandak’s bio:


Carol Pandak is the director of PolioPlus, Rotary’s global effort to eradicate polio, working in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has held this position since 2000.

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One Response to Rotary’s Lead Polio Fighter ‘Not Discouraged’ By Ongoing Trickle Of Cases

  • Carol Pandak is a big Leader.A tireless fighter of Polio.She has greatly contrbuted to changes lives in numerous countries.

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