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17 Oct 2017 description
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EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 11 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.

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.

09 Jun 2015 description
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Nigeria and the whole continent of Africa is on the cusp of being polio free, Dr. Hamid Jafari told audience members at the Rotary Convention on 8 June in São Paulo, Brazil.

20 Jan 2015 description
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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.

24 Nov 2014 description
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Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus.

The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012.

"We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC.

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


28 Sep 2012 description
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Rotary International has made a new funding commitment of US$75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Rotary, which has already contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the GPEI, announced the commitment at a 27 September high-level side event on polio eradication, convened by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

31 Jul 2012 description
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By Dan Nixon
Rotary News -- 30 July 2012

Pakistan is making progress against polio in the face of challenging, sometimes tragic circumstances, including the recent killing of a local community polio immunization worker and wounding of two others -- a staff member of the World Health Organization and an international consultant -- in Karachi, Sindh. In addition, leaders in a small region of the northern part of the country have banned polio vaccinations.

12 Jan 2012 description

Critical need to maintain immunity to poliovirus in India until global eradication achieved

ATLANTA / EVANSTON, Ill. / GENEVA / NEW YORK / SEATTLE ¦ 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, today completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.

10 Jan 2012 description
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Two U.S. Rotarians and their wives got a firsthand look at Pakistan’s effort to eradicate polio when they participated in the country’s National Immunization Days (NIDs) in October.

“It was a moving experience to work alongside our Rotarian friends and hosts in giving the polio drops,” says Steve Puderbaugh, a member of the Rotary Club of Raymond Area, New Hampshire. “It was easy to see that the children we were trying to save from this disease could be our children and grandchildren.”

29 Sep 2011 description
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By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 28 September 2011

Rotary International has played a major role in helping the Global Polio Eradication Initiative make continued progress and overcome obstacles in the drive to rid the world of the disease.

Since October 2010, Rotary has provided almost US$40 million for polio surveillance, immunization campaigns, and technical assistance in several countries. In India, only one case of polio has been reported since January of this year.

14 Jun 2011 description
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By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 14 June 2011

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has made significant progress since the launch of its new strategic plan and the bivalent oral polio vaccine last year. In India and Nigeria, the sources of all recent wild poliovirus importations into previously polio-free countries, the disease declined by 95 percent between 2009 and 2010.

24 Aug 2010 description
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By Ryan Hyland

Rotarians are reaching out to victims of the heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, as the country continues to cope with its worst flooding in decades.

Major rivers have flooded valleys in about one-third of the country, claiming as many as 1,600 lives and washing away bridges, roads, and entire villages. The United Nations estimates that more than four million people have been left homeless.

"The people of Pakistan were not prepared for a disaster like this to reach this magnitude.

12 Aug 2010 description
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By Dan Nixon

Rotary International on FacebookMomentum toward polio eradication continues to build in Pakistan, including efforts to take advantage of improved security in parts of the country.

On 8 July, the Pakistan PolioPlus Committee led a polio awareness seminar in Mingora, located in the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

12 Jul 2010 description
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The World Health Organization and UNICEF cohosted a meeting with Rotary International and other stakeholders in Geneva on 18 June to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-12.

The new plan comes at a critical time for the GPEI. Key endemic countries are witnessing historic gains against the disease. Nowhere is progress more evident than in Nigeria, which has reported just three cases in 2010 as of 6 July compared with 333 cases for the same period in 2009.

09 Apr 2010 description
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By Dan Nixon At the Inayat Foundation Academy for the Deaf in Lahore, Pakistan, children watch attentively as a teacher uses sign language to explain what polio is and the need to be immunized against it.

Afterward, members of the Rotary Club of Lahore Sharqi (East), Punjab, give the children pencils, badges, and other items bearing the words Polio-Free Pakistan .

28 Oct 2009 description
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Rotarians and other members of the family of Rotary joined health workers in carrying out Pakistan's National Immunization Days (NIDs) 12-14 October, reaching a record 35 million children.

"It is the grassroots volunteer service that led United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to call Rotary the heart and soul of the polio eradication initiative," said International PolioPlus Committee Chair Robert S. Scott at a 10 October ceremony in Islamabad to inaugurate the NIDs.

07 Oct 2009 description
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By Dan Nixon

Among the most difficult children to reach in the push to eradicate polio are those of migrant families crossing the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

"Children who cross the border miss out on the NIDs [National Immunization Days] on both sides," says Pakistan PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon.

10 Apr 2009 description
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By Dan Nixon

State and private television stations in Pakistan have joined together to help monitor and promote the nation's polio eradication effort.