Working together to wipe out polio

Our front page tells our readers that Rotary International and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is almost there in wiping out this terrible illness.  In fact, polio is now only found in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Since the programme started in 1985 when there were 350,000 cases in 125 countries, 2 billion children has been immunised, resulting in a 99% reduction in polio cases.

To put all this into a country wide context, a typical national immunisation day in India requires 709,000 vaccination booths and 1.17 million vaccination teams in order to vaccinate 172 million children.

Recently, the work of Rotary International and local Rotarians acting as vaccination volunteers has been recognised and financially supported by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This is a gratefully appreciated backing from such a world renowned organisation and is helping Rotary International to fullfil the aim of totally eradicating polio in the world.

So this is what Rotary as an worldwide organisation can achieve.  Locally, Rotarians try to help where possible to make a difference in the local area.

If this is what you feel you want to do, please get in touch and join us.  We would love to hear from you.

I am grateful to Hedley Graves of Fordham for the figures quoted in this post.

About mikew

Retired from Royal Navy after 30 years before becoming a Resource (and later Deployment) Manager with DERA (now QinetiQ) and now retired for the second time! Interests include being a volunteer at the Kings Theatre Portsmouth (recently retired as Trustee Director). Church Warden at Holy Trinity Blendworth. Secretary of our Rotary Club's Community Service, Vocational and Youth Committee for 2012-14. Currently the Club's Secretary.


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