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The fight to eradicate polio from the world. Purple Pinkie Week for 2013 is from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th February.
Purple Pinkie - Helping to rid the world of Polio
The BBC is covering the National Immunisation Day in India click here for more information. They also had an interview with RIBI Presdient Ray Burman on the 'End Polio Now' project - see below.
Latest on the US$200 Million Challenge
It has been announced at the January 2012 RI Assembly in San Diego that Rotarians around the world have raised $202.6 million in response to the Gates Challenge. As a result the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given Rotary a further $50 million (with no conditions) to continue our work in eradicating Polio in the world. Funds will still be required until the eradication is complete.
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease. Fortunately, although incurable, Polio is easy to prevent. A child can be vaccinated for just 50p, protecting the child against this terrible disease for life.
Through one of the world’s biggest immunisation programmes, Polio has been 99 per cent eradicated – so this is one last push to destroy the disease for good. Why is it called Purple Pinkie? When a child is vaccinated, they have a purple stamp put on their little finger. So each Purple Pinkie brings us closer to making Polio history. By supporting the Purple Pinkie campaign, you can help make the pain and life-limiting effects of Polio a thing of the past.
For information on 'Purple Pinkie' click here
For information on the Rotary 'Thanks for Life' Campaign click here