End Polio Now – the global polio eradication initiative supported by Rotary International – continues to make steady progress against the dreaded disease. That message was delivered by Dr. Jimmie Williamson (at right in photo with Rotarian Melissa Lindler), guest speaker for Capital Rotary’s Dec. 19 meeting. Dr. Williamson, a longtime Rotarian and former District 7770 Governor for clubs in eastern South Carolina, was part of a polio immunization team operating out of northern India earlier in 2018. He said last year there were wild polio cases in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Since 1988 there’s been a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. But Williamson said immunization efforts are hampered now by cultural fears in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Rotary International helps provide funding, advocacy and mobilization for End Polio Now’s partnership that also includes the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Do you know about Polio? Take 45 minutes of your life and learn about it. This video was produced on World Polio Day, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it give you the most up to date information on the efforts to eliminate this dreaded disease.
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District 7770 offered a challenge to all clubs that they would match up to $25k for funds raised during the week of Oct 22-18, 2017. The results of the World Polio Day/Week Results Impact on Eradicating Polio:
Club $’s Raised $58,201.21 (49 Clubs)
$116,402.42 (Gates Match)
District Designated Funds match of $25,000 (DDF)
The World Fund match of $12,500 ($.50 World Fund) equaled $37,500.
$75,000 (The Gates Foundation Match) equaled $112,500 for a grand total $287,103.63
FOR ONE WEEEKS CONTRIBUTIONS!! $287,103.63
Thank You To All Our Clubs and Rotarians in District 7770 For Your Amazing Generosity!!!
DG Gary Bradham
DRFC Sandee Brooks
EPNC Bernie Riedel