To commemorate the Rotary Club's continued propulsion against polio eradication, members of Oneida and Sherrill Rotary painted their pinkies purple…
To commemorate the Rotary Club’s continued propulsion against polio eradication, members of Oneida and Sherrill Rotary painted their pinkies purple and ask society to participate in the match.
“Sherrill Rotary Club members and friends have put purple nail polish on their nails on their little left finger,” said Sherrie Rotary’s president Elise Hereth. “It is hoped that when people notice this, a call on polio eradication and Rotary International will be held rum. “
When volunteers enter communities to immunize children against polio, they color the baby’s pink fingernails to ensure that all the children are inoculated and no one is missing.
Oneida Rotary’s President Maggie Argentine and Hereth invite the public to Healthy Happy Hour at Oneida Community Mansion House on Wednesday to benefit the scholarships for Rotary’s nurses and fight polio.
Wednesday’s healthy Happy Hour will also feature a basketball t-auction, where the revenues will be sent to Rotary International for each club.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication initiative 30 years ago, the incidence of polio worldwide has fallen by over 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases per year to just 22 cases in 201
7. In order to maintain this Progress and Protecting All Polio Children, Rotary has undertaken to raise $ 50 million a year in support of global policing efforts.
Clark Speicher of Sherrill Rotary and District Chair Mark Matt said that wiping out polio begins with individuals in local clubs. Their efforts contribute to giving health and peace to the world by combating endemic diseases, providing clean drinking water, disaster relief and more.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has promised to match Rotary’s commitment two to one. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease can return to former polio-free countries, which threatens children everywhere. Today, only three countries in the world have never stopped transferring polio: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
There is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented. The polio vaccine can protect a child for life. Failure to eradicate polio can result in as many as 200,000 new cases each year, within 10 years, worldwide.
Despite this development since 1988, as long as a single child is still infected with poliovirus, children in all countries are at risk of suffering from the disease. The poliovirus can easily be imported into a polio-free country and can spread rapidly among unimpaired populations.
For more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio, visit endpolio.org.