Oct. 24, 2014 is World Polio Day. Join us for The Worlds Greatest Meal for Polio and help end the world of this devastating disease. Eat a meal and donate to polio and create awareness. Watch this video to learn more. Oh the power of Social Media.
The Orangeburg Times and Democrat recently featured an editorial about Rotary’s role in the eradication of polio. It’s a well-written, informative article about Rotary’s historic effort to eliminate the disease, and it highlights why Rotary is the one organization suited to the job.
Click the link to read the article, and share it with your friends and prospective Rotary members. If anything clearly outlines why someone should be a Rotarian, it’s this editorial.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the Zone 33 National Immunization Day Polio Trip to India in February 2014. Please share this with the Rotarians in your Districts and with anyone who may be interested. Family and friends are invited.
Currently, we do NOT have the final dates of the program but most likely we will be traveling mid February.
We are offering two travel options. Both will include hotel accommodations, all transfers and transportation (in India), most meals, sight seeing in Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal) and Kolkatta, project visits, at least 2 days of immunizations, and more.
The following cost break down does NOT include your travel to India, visas, gratuities to our guide and drivers, team NID shirts, or additional medications/shots if recommended by your doctor.
You will need to book your own flight to Delhi and secure an Indian tourist visa. We will meet you at the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi (airport code is DEL) and take you to the hotel where you will meet the rest of the group.
Additional information about traveling in India can be found at my website at:
I am including a flyer that you can circulate throughout your Districts.
*Cost of IN COUNTRY tour including Agra to visit the Taj Mahal: $2,000.
*Cost if you are not going to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal: $1775.
*Based on double occupancy.
You may reserve your seat by sending a $500 non-refundable deposit to:
PO Box 145
Pollocksville, NC 28573
Thank you for your interest in this life-changing trip.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Nancy Bender Barbee
The Gates Foundation has offered Rotary a match of $2 for $1 to continue to eradicate this disease. The goal is for the World to be certified Polio Free by the year 2018.
Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018
The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018 is a comprehensive, long-term strategy that addresses what is needed to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. The plan was developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in consultation with national health authorities, global health initiatives, scientific experts, donors and other stakeholders, in response to a directive of the World Health Assembly.
The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 addresses the eradication of all polio disease, whether caused by wild poliovirus or circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus, while planning for the backbone of the polio effort to be used for delivering other health services to the world’s most vulnerable children.
The Plan has four objectives.
Detect and interrupt all poliovirus transmission
Strengthen immunization systems and withdraw oral polio vaccine
Contain poliovirus and certify interruption of transmission
Plan polio’s legacy
As of the second week of September
Polio in Afghanistan:
No new WPV case was reported.
All four WPV cases this year were reported from Eastern Region. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 23 July, from Kunar province.
No WPV3 has been detected in Afghanistan since April 2010.
No new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases were reported. The total number of cVDPV2 cases in 2013 remains three. The most recent cVDPV2 case had onset of paralysis on 13 March (from Kandahar, Southern Region).
Subnational immunization days (SNIDs) were held on 1-3 July, with resources focusing on strengthening campaign quality in Southern and Eastern Regions. The next SNIDs are planned for 15-17 September.
Polio in Nigeria
One new WPV1 case was reported (from Taraba), bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2013 to 46. It is the most recent WPV case in the country and had onset of paralysis on 17 August.
No WPV3 has been detected in Nigeria since November 2012.
No new cVDPV2 cases were reported. The total number of cVDPV cases for 2013 remains one (with onset of paralysis on 6 June, from Borno).
Subnational Immunization Plus Days (IPDs) across northern states commenced on September 7th.
Polio this week in Pakistan
One new WPV1 case was reported (from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – KP), bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2013 to 28. It is the most recent WPV case in the country and had onset of paralysis on 19 August.
FATA remains the major poliovirus reservoir in Pakistan and in Asia, both due to WPV1 and cVDPV2. Efforts are ongoing to curb transmission in this area, including through vaccination at transit points and conducting Short Interval Additional Dose (SIADs) campaigns in areas that have recently become accessible.
No WPV3 has been detected in Pakistan since April 2012. The total number of cVDPV2 cases for 2013 remains 12.
Goal: End Polio Now (Club Contributions) $41,350
50% of Goal by December 15, 2013 14
Incoming Rotary International Vice President (and District 7770’s own) Anne Matthews visited Washington DC to raise awareness for Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. She lobbied Congressional leaders for continued federal support for this vital Rotary program. Here she is with Senator Tim Scott (R, SC).