Dr. Tunji Funsho, a Nigerian physician has been named by TIME among 2020 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The list whicj is now in its 17th year, recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals and Dr. Funsho, who is a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, is the first Rotary member to receive this honour for the organisation’s work to eradicate polio, as he played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August.
Expressing his appreciation, Dr. Funsho said;
“I am honoured to be recognised by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralysed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year,”
“Eradicating the wild poliovirus in Africa was a team effort that required cooperation and dedication of governments, partners, Rotary members, hundreds of thousands of health workers, and countless parents who chose to have their children vaccinated against polio.”
Dr. Funsho is also the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee and has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunisation, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa.