Rotary members worldwide held "End Polio" events to raise awareness and donations for the End Polio Rotary campaign now and…
Rotary members worldwide held “End Polio” events to raise awareness and donations for the End Polio Rotary campaign now and forever.
There are 360,000 children born every day in the world. In order to be fully protected against polio, each of the children must be vaccinated not only once but several times. To stop the virus from traveling, all children must be vaccinated altogether while sufficient new children are born for the virus to travel again. The only way to achieve eradication is through the massive and coordinated extent that Rotary International is currently working on using a large network of systems to deliver approximately 430 million doses of vaccine each year through mass immunization campaigns. Such campaigns are rolled out in places such as Africa and Southeast Asia.
Places with vast distances, incredibly distant societies, war, instability, poverty and hundreds of millions of children.
The goal is to reach all of them. South Africa is currently free of polio virus, but the risk is still due to the movement and migration of people to South Africa. Because Polio is still primarily a disease in infants and young children because it mainly affects children under five years, immunization remains crucial.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polyion Eradication Initiative (GPEI) more than 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has decreased by over 99.99%, from around 350,000 cases per year in 1
25 countries to only 22 cases in 2017 and with only three remaining polioendemic countries, ie Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. To stop polio eradication when 99.9% is polio free, would be going away from a fire when it’s 99.9% out. A spark is sufficient to start a new fire. If Rotary stopped working with polio now, Rotary would see 200,000 new cases of polio every year within 10 years. Polio would be a crisis again.
While major advances have been made, the last steps on a trip are often the most difficult and 2018 have been far from easy, with 14 cases during the first eight months of the year. However, extensive global environmental testing around the world has made it possible to highlight and mobilize against eradication more easily, more targeted and often more efficiently.
This reaffirms the challenges facing the world to ensure that polio becomes just the second human disease ever to be extinct.
The end is very visible and Rotary is committed to raising $ 150 million between 2017-20 in support of global eradication. Rotary has contributed more than $ 1.8 billion to ending polio since 1985 – It is one of Rotary International’s best investments in global health. When polio is completely extinct, more public health resources will be available to fight diseases such as malaria, HIV / AIDS and cancer.