We will make Pakistan polio-free…

We will make Pakistan polio-free…

Aziz Memon travels and meets tribal leaders to dispel myths surrounding the crippling childhood disease

  • By Malik Ayub Sumbal, Correspondent
  • Published: 21:51 March 6, 2014…free-1.1300161

  • Image Credit: Malik Ayub Sumbal/Gulf News
  • Aziz Memon says he wants to help children from economically disadvantage areas, as he received an education through the giving of others.

Islamabad: Aziz Memon, a leading Pakistani businessman, is on a mission to help rid the country of polio.

As national chair of Rotary International Polio Plus’s programme in Pakistan, the 70-year-old travels to far flung areas of the country to organise Jirgas (meetings with tribal elders) and religious scholars, all in an effort to increase awareness about the disease.

Rotary International has played a vital role in the eradication of polio throughout the world, especially in Pakistan’s tribal areas — including Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Kashmir, Sindh and Balochistan.

Rotary has allocated $100 million (Dh367 million) to Pakistan for this cause. Its global programmes are funded to the tune of more than $1.2 billion.