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When first deciding to rid the world of polio, Rotarians knew that it would have to be a team effort, explained Germ, whose fundraising efforts earned him White House honors in 2013.
“That’s how the Global Polio Eradication Initiative came into being, as a tremendous partnership between Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF,” Germ said. In 2007, he said, the initiative gained a fifth partner: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Germ described the original “deal” proposed by the Gates Foundation: “If we could raise $100 million for polio, they’d match it.
“We surpassed it.”