Putting An End To Polio
North American Precis Syndicate
Photo credit: Rotary International Health workers in India go door to door to deliver the oral polio vaccine to children who need to be immunized. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—According to the World Health Organization, vaccine
hesitancy—the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the
availability of vaccines—is one of the top ten global health threats of
Acknowledging this challenge, Rotary clubs in the U.S. and around the
world remain laser-focused on the global fight to end polio, a paralyzing but
vaccine-preventable disease. With success, polio will become only the second
human disease, after smallpox, to be wiped out.
For more than 30 years, Rotary has been the driving force in the worldwide
polio eradication effort. Alongside its partners in the Global Polio
Eradication Initiative, Rotary has achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio
cases and has contributed $2 billion to protect more than 2.5 billion
children from this paralyzing disease. Today, only Afghanistan and Pakistan
continue to report cases of wild polio virus and eradication is within grasp.
So, on October 24th, World Polio Day, more than a million
Rotary club members around the world will recognize the progress to date and
double down on efforts to end polio for good.
From fashion shows in Nebraska and wine tastings in Idaho, to walks in
Kenya and benefit concerts in Switzerland, Rotary clubs are hosting awareness
and fundraising events to put an end to the disease once and for all.
You don’t have to be a global health expert or Rotary member to
support efforts to end polio. Visit www.endpolio.org to find out how you can help end a
disease and make history on World Polio Day and beyond.
“No child should suffer from this
vaccine-preventable disease. Help us #endpolio for good. endpolio.org @Rotary
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