I was at a dinner tonight, and the guest speaker was Tom Loftus, the Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization.
I learned 2 novel things. One, Loftus was the US Ambassador to Norway, and when the Norwegian president completed her term and got the gig at WHO, she hired Loftus away from the US goverment to be her advisor at WHO. I’ve never heard of this being done by a foreign head of state.
But far more interesting was his presentation about the WHO’s goals, one of which, the global eradication of polio, is expected to be reached in 2005. He then lavished considerable praise on the Rotarians, who he said were, “largely responsible it.” The Rotarians committed in 1985. In 1988 the WHO committed to the same goal. According to this site, by the end the Rotarians will have put half a billion into the effort when all is said and done. It wasn’t a Rotarian event, BTW, nor am I one.