President Matt Ruppert introduced our speaker Frank Mwinyelle.
​Frank was born and raised in Ghana.  He came to the U.S. in 2007, going first to Minot, ND and finally ending up in Arizona.  He trained to become a nurse.  Currently he works for Integrity Hospice Care in Gold Canyon as the clinical services director and has his office in the same building as Matt Ruppert.
​Frank told us of his personal experiences with polio immunization in Ghana. Ghana started its drive in 1986 to rid the country of polio by 2003. Rotarians played a key role in the effort.  His mother was the village doctor and was in charge of the immunization drive in the region where they lived. She asked Frank, who was 16 at the time, to assist her. Frank and his mother walked from village to village, house to house, doing the immunizations. They walked forty miles over two weeks.  The first year they did shots but the next year and afterward the oral vaccine was used. The biggest challenge was keeping the vaccine cold.  They tried to get done by noon before the ice had all melted.  The country is 49 % Christian and 30% Muslim.  Interestingly, the resistance to the vaccine was strongest from some apostolic Christians who believed that no vaccine was necessary because God would heal them if they got polio. The Muslim population was cooperative in receiving the vaccine.
​Frank knew children with polio and saw their suffering.  He expressed his personal gratitude to Rotarians everywhere who helped the people of Ghana be rid of this terrible disease.