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Polio Eradication - Continuing Support in 2012 / 13
The worldwide eradication of polio still remains to be completed and Bodmin Club will continue to support this aim to the end. The past year has made further progress and only two countries - Afganastan/Pakistan and Nigeria remain with cases still being identified.
Rtn. Peter Williams - Chairman Foundation Committee
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The total eradication of Polio worldwide is now in sight - gradually over the past few years the number of countries still encountering the disease has got less.
The Eradication of Polio: - BBC Highlights Rotary's Polio Push....
Rotary's unsung heros - by Fergus Walsh BBC Medical Correspondant
Bodmin Rotary Club support the project and have, as small part of the fundraising over the past years, helped towards raising $200m. This has been matched with $200m plus an additional $50m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Total so far raised is $600m+ ( see link below)
The maps show the amount of progress made since Rotary International started the campaign and now India have just past 12 months without a recorded case of Polio
Latest mission to India Jan. 2012 - Read more....
Rotary's Commitment to Eradicating Polio
PolioPlus, the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. Since 1985, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus, and its role in the initiative, is recognised worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed between Rotary International, World Health Organisation, Unicef and the CDC. Together, the organisations monitor and immunise millions children against polio.
In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, Rotary works to urge support from other public and private sector partners. This includes the campaign to End Polio Now, inspired by the extraordinary challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since 1985 Rotary clubs throughout the world have been campaigning and raising funds to eradicate Polio.
In December 2007, in a final push for complete eradication, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded Rotary International a $100 million grant on condition that they themselves committed to raise the same amount by December 2010. In January this year the Rotary target was increased to $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All of the resulting $555 million will be spent in support of eradication activities.
The polio virus still persists in four countries -- Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan and imported cases from these endemic countries threaten other developing nations.
Bodmin Rotary Club will support these aims and seek to raise further funds in the year 2010/11
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