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New Search Engine Generates Clean Water Along With Search Results - Elliot for Water - #1027
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November 14, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Andrea Demichelis has created a new search engine at ElliotForWater.com where revenue is used in part to provide clean water to people who need it. The search engine uses Bing search results.

As with all search engines, the first few search results are paid advertisements. When a user clicks on these links, a portion of the revenue is directed to fund water projects.

The first projects are in a small village in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau. Check it out and consider bookmark the search engine.

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Gates Foundation Maintains Commitment To Rotary-Led Polio Eradication Partnership - #1026
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November 13, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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In 1988, Rotary formally kicked off its PolioPlus program, in concert with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. UNICEF and the World Health Organization became the implementation partners in what became the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a unique collaboration in the world of global health.

About ten years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the partnership, committing its substantial resources to the fight. Already more than $1 billion in, the Gates Foundation maintains its commitment to see this through.

Suchita Guntakatta, deputy director of global development over polio eradication at the Gates Foundation, joined me to talk about the progress toward eradication and the Foundation’s commitment to see this through to the end.

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WHO’s Dr. Ujala Nayyar Says The End To Polio Is Coming - #1025
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November 08, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Dr. Ujala Nayyar, the surveillance officer for polio at the World Health Organization in Pakistan, says the country is doing its “level best” to eradicate polio, even as she issues a challenge to her colleagues to do even more to eradicate the disease.

She is proud of having implemented an effective process for detecting polio, especially in the environment. Identifying when the virus is circulating in the environment allows UNICEF, WHO and Rotary to implement measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

Dr. Ujala is a powerful woman in Pakistan. She acknowledged that at times she faces discrimination, noting that less well-educated women in other parts of the society in Pakistan face much greater challenges. Still, she uses her power and influence to advocate for Pakistan’s children and simultaneously demonstrates that women can contribute more.

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Filmmaker Says, 'It's Not the Cow's Fault' and 'Millennials Are Our Only Hope' - #1024
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November 07, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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In a wide-ranging conversation with author and filmmaker Josh Tickell, 43, he shared two key observations. First, he said that cows get a bad rap for their contribution to global warming. Second, he says millennials are key to solving climate change.

Tickell, a self-described environmentalist, is the author Kiss the Ground and The Revolution Generation. Films by the same titles are also pending release. Tickell’s first film, Fuel, still available on Netflix, won him a Sundance Film Festival award.

As a social entrepreneur, co-founder of Big Picture Ranch, his production company, he says his four-person team operates the business on a break-even basis.

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This Polio Survivor Travels The World Vaccinating Children - #1023
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November 06, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Ann Lee Hussey is a polio survivor and a veterinary technician who travels the world leading other volunteers on trips to vaccinate children against polio. She’s been on 30 such trips, having led 26 to remote and exotic places. She and the other volunteers from the U.S. participate in National Immunization Days supported by diverse countries.

The NIDs are organized by governments in collaboration with Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control with financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

These organizations comprise the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a massive and unique collaboration that has successfully reduced the number of polio cases from 350,000 in 1988 to just 22 in 2018.

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UNICEF’s Polio Chief Shares Updates, Insights, Prospects For Eradication - #1022
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November 05, 2018 06:00 AM PST
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Akhil Iyer now leads UNICEF”s global polio eradication effort; he’s spent most of his three-decade career fight polio. He acknowledges that ending polio has proven more difficult than hoped and expected, but he remains optimistic about eradication.

Akhil also shared his thoughts on vaccine safety, noting that millions of people are alive because of vaccines. Speaking to Rotarians who may be concerned about vaccine safety or effectiveness, he said there are millions of children who are not paralyzed today precisely because they have been vaccinated.

Learning from heading up the polio fight in Afghanistan, his last assignment, Akhil remains convinced that we can eradicate polio even there. He notes that the Taliban--nervous about vaccinations for a variety of reasons--has been willing to accommodate vaccination campaigns.

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Ina Pinkney Shares Her Incredible Polio Story - #1021
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November 01, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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A generation ago, most people in the U.S. knew a polio survivor. Today, there are so few left, there are very few so many people can’t name an acquaintance, let alone family member, who has been afflicted.

Ina Pinkney was infected in 1944, during World War II, more than a decade before the Salk Vaccine became available, stemming the annual summer epidemics that paralyzed communities almost like it paralyzed children.

Because parents didn’t know how the virus spread or why it did only in summer months, parents avoided many summer activities from ice cream to swimming pools.

Ina shared her touching story with me on World Polio Day, an annual event hosted by Rotary and the other members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. You can watch it in the video player at the top of this article.

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Rotary’s Lead Polio Fighter ‘Not Discouraged’ By Ongoing Trickle Of Cases - #1020
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October 31, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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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.

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Is Impact Investing Attempting To Solve Problems Using The Tools That Created Them? - #1019
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October 30, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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Jed Emerson, 59, widely recognized in the impact investing community, recently published a new book, The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows and Natural Being, that calls into question some of the fundamental precepts of the movement, the very underpinnings of capitalism.
Impact investors seek to solve social problems from poverty to climate change by making investments that will not only mitigate the ills but will provide a financial return.
Early in his book, Emerson observes, “There is a central challenge in this effort to ‘do well and do good’ in that at its core is a commitment to making use of the very financial tools that have failed to create a just, equitable and sustainable world in the pursuit of creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world.”
He’s suggesting we may be treating burn victims with fire because we depend on the light it provides. He may also be questioning our sanity by suggesting we're hoping to solve a problem by continuing to do much the same thing that created it.

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How CaringCrowd Aligns With Johnson & Johnson’s ‘Credo’ - #1018
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October 29, 2018 06:00 AM PDT
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The Johnson & Johnson “credo” was written 75 years ago. Putting the needs of doctors, nurses and patients first has guided the company ever since.

CaringCrowd, sponsored by J&J, is an example of credo-thinking. John Brennick and Derek Fetzer, the co-founders of CaringCrowd--both J&J employees at the time--conceived of a platform where nonprofits, and individuals raising money for nonprofits, could advance their work.

J&J not only supports the platform without charge but often matches donations on the platform--which recently topped $1 million. Brennick says he hopes the second million dollars in donations will come much faster.

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