WWS14 Spotlight Speaker Dr. Tunji
WASH-RAG News – January 2022

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Polio Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Tunji
Dr. Abdulrahman Olatunji Funsho [Tunji] is a consultant Physician/Cardiologist.
He studied medicine at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, graduating in Medicine in 1974. He did his postgraduate specialization studies at The Royal Postgraduate Medical School, National Heart Hospital in London, and London's
National Institute of Neurology. He is now a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Tunji studied Mind and Body Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston,

He joined the Rotary Club of Kano in 1985 and was its president in 1990. He has served as the District Polio-Plus Chairman, Rotary Foundation Grants sub-committee chairman, and district trainer.

Tunji served as District Governor in 1994/95 and was awarded the Calgary Challenge Award for Membership Development; one of fifty district governors so honored that year. Tunji is a major donor and a Rotary Foundation Benefactor.

He is presently the Chairman of Rotary Foundation’s Nigeria National Polio
Plus Committee.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

It’s not often an entire continent eradicates a disease, but on Aug. 25, 2020, that happened when Nigeria was declared polio-free, clearing the virus from its last redoubt in all of Africa. The person who did more than any other to drive polio to continent-wide extinction was Dr. Tunji Funsho, a former cardiologist and now chair of Rotary International’s polio-­eradication program in Nigeria.

Funsho could have retired years ago, but in 2013, with polio still paralyzing children across Nigeria, he decided to step up to lead the Rotarians’ effort. Together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, the CDC and UNICEF, Funsho and Rotary helped lead National Immunization Days, getting millions of doses of the polio vaccine to children in cities and villages around the nation.

They also sponsored health-­education initiatives at community centers, mosques and even birthday parties. This summer, the country marked four years without a case of wild polio, qualifying it for its polio-free certification, leaving Afghanistan and Pakistan as the only places in the world in which polio remains endemic.
“Certification will be an achievement,” Funsho told TIME in 2018. “But we’re not in a hurry for that. We’re in a hurry to make sure no child is paralyzed.” In Nigeria and in Africa as a whole, that moment has arrived.
Don't miss Dr. Tunji and many more spotlight speakers to be announced soon! Purchase your tickets online today!

World Water Summit 14 explores the role of water, sanitation, and hygiene in stopping the transmission of infectious disease, including Polio.
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The Intergenerational
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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
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Rotarian and advocate of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Lorraine Marks-Field is the founder and conductor of the Florida Intergenerational Orchestra and the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. 

She is joined by her husband and composer Bob Fields, who studied music at the Chatham Square Music School and the Mannes College of Music in New York City.

The dynamic duo composes and records original musical scores to bring light to the many WASH-RAG stories and projects.

"Our mission is to bring generations together with music and musical performances. Our unique orchestra environment encourages, nurtures, and promotes closer relationships between the generations. We have formed to target musicians of all ages and all levels
residing and visiting South Florida."

~Lorraine Marks-Field

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