Update: See this post for a series of videos about ending polio.

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Polio Eradication

In the western world, polio is history.  People under 60 think it is gone altogether and have thought that throughout their lives.  In fact, 30 years ago, it was still an epidemic in third world countries.  For the last 30 years, Rotary Clubs around the world have been engaged in the largest project in their history, the worldwide eradication of polio.  We are now in the final inch.

Here are some links to check out about polio eradication.

Wikipedia article on the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_Foundation

and their excellent article on Polio Eradication:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poliomyelitis_eradication

A recent feature from Rotary International

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/polios-retreat 

End Polio Now:

http://www.endpolthingio.org/

Unicef about the Last Inch:

http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/india_48130.html

 This video from 2010 gives history to the project

https://vimeo.com/4514649

Polio Global Eradication Initiative

http://www.polioeradication.org/

Individual Rotarians in our club regularly support Polio Plus financially as does our club in various ways.  For example, each week at our club meeting, we thank our guest speaker not with a mug or some such token, instead we present a certificate thanking our speaker and confirming that we have vaccinated 30 children against polio in their name.  Without exception, this recognition is well received.

If you want to support Polio Plus financially or want more information, click here:https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/end-polio

 

A member of the Rotary Club of Birgunj, Nepal, administers the polio vaccine during a Subnational Immunization Day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

A member of the Rotary Club of Birgunj, Nepal, administers the polio vaccine during a Subnational Immunization Day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

Members of the local Interact club walk through Birgunj, Nepal, reviewing the map and schedule before they assemble immunization booths on a subnational polio immunization day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Members of the local Interact club walk through Birgunj, Nepal, reviewing the map and schedule before they assemble immunization booths on a subnational polio immunization day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

 Interactor Rajkumar Shah helps get children passing by in traffic to a nearby polio immunization booth during a subnational polio immunization day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Interactor Rajkumar Shah helps get children passing by in traffic to a nearby polio immunization booth during a subnational polio immunization day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

Rotarian Om Prakash Jaiswal (right) administers the polio vaccine at a roadside booth during a subnational polio immunization day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Rotarian Om Prakash Jaiswal (right) administers the polio vaccine at a roadside booth during a subnational polio immunization day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

A child stands in line to receive the polio vaccine in an outlying neighborhood near Birgunj, Nepal, during a subnational polio immunization day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

A child stands in line to receive the polio vaccine in an outlying neighborhood near Birgunj, Nepal, during a subnational polio immunization day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

Rotaractor Sandeep Sarraf from Birgunj, Nepal, administers polio vaccine to children in a rural community during a Subnational Immunization Day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Rotaractor Sandeep Sarraf from Birgunj, Nepal, administers polio vaccine to children in a rural community during a Subnational Immunization Day. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

Interactor Rajkumar Shah holds a boy up at the immunization table, where he receives an oral polio vaccine and gets his pinkie marked to indicate he’s been immunized during a Subnational Immunization Day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary's polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Interactor Rajkumar Shah holds a boy up at the immunization table, where he receives an oral polio vaccine and gets his pinkie marked to indicate he’s been immunized during a Subnational Immunization Day in Birgunj, Nepal. Border towns with little regulation like Birgunj create high risk of the spread of the poliovirus. Subnational immunization days take place more often than larger annual events and target strategic locations based on research by Rotary’s polio eradication partners, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

Rotarians administer polio vaccine to local residents at the Dr. Shankar Nath clinic and permanent polio immunization center in Mithipur, India. Find the story in "The Rotarian," December 2008, and "Rotary Video Magazine," 4.2.

Rotarians administer polio vaccine to local residents at the Dr. Shankar Nath clinic and permanent polio immunization center in Mithipur, India. Find the story in “The Rotarian,” December 2008, and “Rotary Video Magazine,” 4.2.

 

Workers at the Panacea Biotec factory in Delhi, India, secure boxes of oral polio vaccine before it's shipped. Nearby, local Rotarians review distribution points for a Subnational Immunization Day targeting areas at high risk of polio transmission in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and the region bordering Nepal. Find the story in "The Rotarian," December 2008, and "Rotary Video Magazine," 4.2.

Workers at the Panacea Biotec factory in Delhi, India, secure boxes of oral polio vaccine before it’s shipped. Nearby, local Rotarians review distribution points for a Subnational Immunization Day targeting areas at high risk of polio transmission in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and the region bordering Nepal. Find the story in “The Rotarian,” December 2008, and “Rotary Video Magazine,” 4.2.

 

A diabetic patient works on rehabilitation with a therapist at the Ken and Eva Hobbs Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 9 November 2006. The Rotary sponsored center originally provided treatment for polio survivors and currently provides rehab for a variety of illnesses.

A diabetic patient works on rehabilitation with a therapist at the Ken and Eva Hobbs Rehabilitation Centre in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 9 November 2006. The Rotary sponsored center originally provided treatment for polio survivors and currently provides rehab for a variety of illnesses.

 

Polio survivor P. Jahanthi enters the Rotary sponsored rehabilitation center in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 8 November 2006. Jahanthi received vocational training at the center where the current emphasis is on training polio survivors to be independent wage earners.

Polio survivor P. Jahanthi enters the Rotary sponsored rehabilitation center in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 8 November 2006. Jahanthi received vocational training at the center where the current emphasis is on training polio survivors to be independent wage ear

 

Polio survivors P. Jahanthi (left) and N. Anandhi chat during a typing class at a Rotary sponsored rehabilitation center in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 8 November 2006. Jahanthi received vocational training at the center where the current emphasis is on training polio survivors to be independent

Polio survivors P. Jahanthi (left) and N. Anandhi chat during a typing class at a Rotary sponsored rehabilitation center in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 8 November 2006. Jahanthi received vocational training at the center where the current emphasis is on training polio survivors to be independe

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