Rotary Celebrates One Year without a Case of Polio in Nigeria

August 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

An accomplished corporate and finance lawyer, John Kai Lassen serves clients as the managing director and chief executive officer of Rockwick Capital, LLC, in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, he also works as a partner attorney in Alpine Global Partners, a Dubai-based firm that sources capital for infrastructure projects in third-world countries. Outside of his professional activities, John Kai Lassen holds memberships in several community organizations, including his local Rotary Club.

In a recently released statement, Rotary International announced that it has been more than one year since there was a reported case of polio in Nigeria, which is the last polio-endemic country on the African continent. Rotary has been working for more than three decades in Nigeria and other countries throughout the world to end the crippling disease, and this significant achievement is largely the result of its efforts.

While Rotary is celebrating this important milestone, the organization recognizes there is still work to be done, and it will continue to work in the country until the World Health Organization removes it from the list of polio-endemic areas. Recently, Rotary granted $40.3 million to fight polio around the globe. Over the years, the group has provided funds totaling over $1.4 billion to eradicate the disease, including $207.4 million for Nigeria.

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