By the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group World Polio Day was just celebrated on October 24. It was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus … More How can clean water help eradicate polio?
By Jim Goit, member of the Rotary Club of Truro, Canada In 2014, Thie Convery of the Rotary Club of Dundas Ontario, was invited to my Rotary Club of Truro’s annual charter night celebration. During that year, then-RI President Ron Burton had encouraged Rotary members to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. It seemed very fitting to … More Rotary Ideas helps further club fundraiser
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 … More A polio survivor’s commitment to service
By Rotary Service and Engagement staff Today, on World Polio Day, we are celebrating all the progress we’ve made in fighting polio over the years. Since 1988, we’ve reduced cases by 99.9%. With three countries remaining endemic, we still have a lot more work to do to eradicate the disease for good. Past District Governor … More Observing World Polio Day
By Shapreka Clarke, President of Rotaract Club of Eleuthera in the Bahamas After eighteen hours of flying from the Bahamas, I finally arrived in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on 19 October, 2016, to participate in the 11th West Africa Project Fair. As I stepped foot on African soil for the first time, I did not know the … More How my first trip to Africa changed my life
By John Wahlund, Area of Focus Manager for Maternal and Child Health & Disease Prevention and Treatment This year, 2015 ushered out the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and introduced the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. Rotary International’s Area of Focus goals and policies in Disease Prevention and Treatment were a … More Rotary continues to fight diseases and make strides in health care
By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff Besides organizing projects related to their hobbies and recreational activities, many Rotary Fellowships demonstrate their commitment Service Above Self by supporting Rotary’s efforts to help eradicate polio. From championships and competitions to auctions and raffles, Rotary Fellowships incorporate fundraisers into their annual activities to raise funds for the PolioPlus campaign: … More Rotary Fellowships’ annual activities support polio eradication efforts