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25 Jan 2018 description
report Rotary

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).

More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

24 Oct 2017 description

24 October 2017, Addis Ababa: Today, as the world commemorates World Polio Day, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to building on the success of our joint polio eradication efforts and sustaining the polio free status of the country.

15 Jan 2016 description
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Rotary is releasing $35 million in grants to support polio immunization activities and research in nine countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping the transmission of the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and all of Africa.

17 Jun 2015 description
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Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped.

The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free.

20 Jan 2015 description
report Rotary

The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa.

27 Oct 2014 description
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CONTACTS: Vivian Fiore - Vivian.fiore@rotary.org, Phone: +1 (847) 866-3234 (US)


01 May 2009 description
report Rotary

By Dan Nixon

A recent wild poliovirus outbreak in southern Sudan has spread into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda.

In response, Rotary is providing a total of US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and the World Health Organization for immediate immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

In January, The Rotary Foundation Trustees approved $2.2 million in PolioPlus grants to support immunization activities there.

The outbreak requires urgent action by governments and partner agencies to make the region polio-free, health officials say.

31 Mar 2009 description
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Partners UNICEF and WHO to conduct immediate immunization activities in high-risk areas

Evanston, Illinois (March 31, 2009) - In response to a recent outbreak of wild poliovirus that has spread from southern Sudan into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, Rotary is providing US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and WHO for immediate polio immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

18 Oct 2007 description
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More than 70 Rotarians from the United States and Canada are working with fellow Rotarians, volunteers, and health workers to administer the oral polio vaccine to children as part of a nationwide immunization campaign in Ethiopia 18-20 October.

Ezra Teshome of the Rotary Club of Seattle, who has led seven other immunization campaigns in Ethiopia, is leading the group. Teshome emigrated to the United States from Ethiopia in 1971.

"This is a historic opportunity to end polio in my former homeland - and worldwide," he says.

04 Nov 2005 description
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By Vukoni Lupa-Lasaga

More than 100,000 health workers and volunteers participated in three days of door-to-door national polio immunizations targeting 16 million children under age five in Ethiopia at the end of October.

Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis launched the event at the National Palace in the capital, Addis Ababa, on 26 October, two days ahead of the official start date.

22 Mar 2005 description
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Part of rapid response plan to stem the spread of the virus in previously polio-free countries

(EVANSTON, IL, USA - 22 March 2005) Rotary International today approved a US$500,000 grant to the World Health organization in response to two children that recently contracted polio in Ethiopia. The money will be used to support massive polio immunization campaigns in Ethiopia during early April and May.

This marks the first time the virus has been reported in that country in four years.