By Rotary Service and Engagement
While the world saw the lowest case count of wild polio in history in 2017 (just 22 cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan), transmission has continued into 2018 and challenges in reaching children with the vaccine remain in some countries. World Polio Day, is an opportunity to rally partners, donors, health workers and communities around the importance of addressing these challenges and sustaining the commitment and funding needed to finish the job.
When Philip Wilson was 8 years old, he contracted polio and lost the ability to use both of his arms. This didn’t stop him from growing up to serve in the Peace Corps teaching students in Kenya, East Africa. Philip later joined Rotary and continued to serve communities in need and joined the fight to end polio.
Peace Corps provides opportunities for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to work alongside U.S. volunteers training in the humanitarian development sector to empower communities and connect them to resources for a brighter future. Peace Corps volunteers serve in more than 60 countries and work with nongovernmental organizations, host-country governments, and local community members to address local needs. A Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) offers access to local contacts, community development insights, and funding possibilities within a particular community. Involving a PCV in your project will increase its reach, impact, and sustainability.
Anyone can be a champion for a polio-free world. Join celebrities, partners, and supporters for a live #WorldPolioDay broadcast starting at 18:30 UTC-4 on 24 October. A recording will be available shortly after on endpolio.org. Promote your #WorldPolioDay event or help spread the word with these tools to help us advocate, fundraise, and educate about the need to #EndPolio.