TIME has named Nigerian Cardiologist Dr.Tunji Funsho as part of the 2020 TIME100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The list is used to recognize activism, innovation, and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
Tunji Funsho, a cardiologist based in Lagos, Nigeria, and the first Rotary member to receive this honor for the organization’s work to eradicate polio, having played an essential role in ensuring Africa’s certification as wild polio-free in August of 2020.
“I’m honoured to be recognized by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyzed by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year,” he said at the announcement of his recognition.
He is the leader of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, Funsho has worked alongside Rotary members throughout the country to raise awareness about the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication.
Funsho works closely with Rotary’s partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI): the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
He is a member of Nigeria’s Presidential Task Force on Polio, he has coordinated immunization and advocacy campaigns with the Minister of State for Health and the Inter-Agency Coordination Committee for Polio Eradication.
He has served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary’s fight to end polio in Africa hence his recognition by TIME.