Rotary's new Polio Campaign - Countdown to History! 

We are so close that we are now counting down to when we will have the last case of polio.  Rotary's new campaign will launch soon, so check for information at www.endpolio.org for the latest materials and information.
 
You can get the poster shown to the right AT NO COST by ordering through shop.rotary.org.  While you are there, order copies of the matching brochure for your members (also at no charge).  Order now to get in time for World Polio Day on October 24.
 
Did you know that you can TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT on Polio Eradication thanks to the 2-to-1 match by the Gates Foundation?  https://www.endpolio.org/donate
 
If you are interested in being in our District Indoor Ride to End Polio, please contact me. Our District Team came in 2nd last year -- in our first year of participating.   You will need to raise funds (other than your normal club contributions) and plan on riding between November 13-20th.  More information here.

Here are some of my favorite resources and quotes regarding Rotary's polio eradication campaign:
Best place to look for updated numbers is on the polio eradication website:  www.polioeradication.org.
 
New location for Polio Resources: https://www.endpolio.org/resource-center
 
Why does Ending Polio Matter?  The Livestream event is on October 24 at 6:30 PM Central Time:  http://new.livestream.com/rotaryinternational/worldpolioday
 

Quotes from PolioEradication.org: 

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free. - See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Polioandprevention.aspx#sthash.I9Wwyqbl.dpuf

Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially in the ‘poliovirus importation belt’ of countries from west Africa to the Horn of Africa. - See more at: http://www.polioeradication.org/Infectedcountries.aspx#sthash.JFaE7goL.dpuf

Most infected people (90%) have no symptoms or very mild symptoms and usually go unrecognized. In others, initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. 
One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs. This is caused by the virus entering the blood stream and invading the central nervous system. As it multiplies, the virus destroys the nerve cells that activate muscles. The affected muscles are no longer functional and the limb becomes floppy and lifeless – a condition known as acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).
 

Great videos:

 
 
I love this video that was shown to Pakistani laborers to educate them on getting their children vaccinated:
 
 
 

These videos were created by new generational Rotarians - great for an intro to younger people:

And another on the Rotary CDC Partnership
Are you aware of how Rotary got involved with Polio eradication?  Check out Roots of Rotary's Polio Efforts.https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/roots-rotarys-polio-efforts
 
 
Polio infrastructure helps combat Ebola in Nigeria

Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases. To learn how you can support the fight against Ebola:

Hope that helps--
Gretchen Bren
District 5650 Polio Plus Chair

(updated August 2017)