The Rotary International President, Shekhar Metha paid a visit to Ethiopia from September 7-9, 2021. During his visit, the president had discussions with H. E. Sahilework Zewde, President of FDRE, and H. E. Demeke Mekonen, Dy. Prime Minister of FDRE. The delegation also had a meeting with the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Lia, other officials, and a delegation of rotary officials from the district on issues; health, water sanitation, education, and literacy.
The objective of RI President’s visits was to celebrate the achievements of the rotary in Ethiopia and also to recognize the efforts of Rotary Ethiopia, in fighting the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also to be recalled that one of the most remarkable achievements of Ethiopia, in partnership with rotary, is the total eradication of polio.
Rotary is the worldwide nonpolitical, non-religious and not-for-profit voluntary network of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian services encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and promotes goodwill and peace in the world under its motto of “Service Above Self”. First established in Chicago, now it’s in more than 200 countries across the globe. Rotary is one of the top ten philanthropies in the world and it has an observer status in the United Nations.
Rotary Ethiopia has contributed more than 20 million birr worth of pandemic-related items/equipment to MOH so far and continuing its support.