Four members from the Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper travelled to India to take part in the January 2018 Polio National Immunisation Day (NID).
Astrid and Ben, in their first visit to India, travelled to Delhi to help local Rotarians in Delhi and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Richard and Hazel joined Rotarians in Bhiwadi in Rajasthan and Gurgaon in Haryana, for their 8th visit to assist with a NID. All then travelled in different parts of India to experience the sights, sounds and culture.
In India there were:
On 5 May 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international spread of wild poliovirus (WPV) a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). This means that all cases must be reported, investigated, and action taken to halt the potential progress.
For over 30 years, Rotary members have been committed to fighting to eradicate polio across the world. In 1985 there were 350,000 cases per year worldwide. Polio-endemic countries have dropped from 125 to just three in 2018, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. In 2017 there were 14 cases in Afghanistan and 8 in Pakistan. In 2018 to date (March) just 3 cases of wild polio virus have been reported in Afghanistan.
Over 2.5 billion children have received immunisation thanks to the help of Rotary.
Rotary's contribution worldwide at present stands at US $1.7billion toward the PolioPlus Program. Rotary, apart from their own contribution, helped raise more than US $8.5 billion from other organisations. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matches Rotary donations at $2 for every $1 raised.
Work still continues, with India, the latest country to be declared polio free monitoring high risk areas to keep the disease at bay.
How the organisations work together.