Foundation Committee

The Rotary Foundation (“TRF”) is the charitable arm of the Rotary movement. Ever since it was established (in 1917) TRF has been supporting Rotary’s efforts to achieve world understanding and peace. The programmes, in Great Britain as well as abroad, are humanitarian and/or educational. 

TRF finances these programmes entirely through donations generated by Rotarians. Manchester Rotary Club is diligent in sending to TRF every year and the year to 30th June 2016 saw us once again forward around £1,500 for TRF’s general charitable aims. This also enables us to obtain Grant funding from TRF: in 2016/17 this hopefully has doubled our support for the WOW Water Project which is a project to fund a  water supply for a village in Ghana, Africa whereby the use of a village pond for drinking water which animals also use body-breaking daily task of fetching and carrying water from distant sources is substantially mitigated. 

Polio Eradication Campaign 

At crocus time in the past few years we have held Crocus planting in local schools and at Styal Mill Country Park . This planting recognises the colour of the dye used to put on a childs finger to confirm that they have been vaccinated  with the Polio serum .

Polio is an ancient disease that has plagued the world for far too long. But for the first time in history, we are on the brink of eradicating the disease forever.  

Right now the disease is endemic in only three countries – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – a testament to the hard work and dedication of thousands of polio workers around the world

 Rotary got the project started in 1985 and remains a lead partner; since 1985 an estimated 10 million children have been spared polio-inflicted death or paralysis.


British Olympic and World Champion rower Helen Glover and actress Archie Panjabi have joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary's "This Close" public awareness campaign for polio eradication.

Archie Panjabi of The Good Wife for Rotary with Forbes Contributor Devin Thorpe

A polio eradication news update or two will appear here every month:

Polio this week as of 07 August 2018
• In Papua New Guinea, a third case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed, from a newly-infected province (Enga province).  Emergency outbreak response is being enhanced and reviewed, including to potentially expand vaccination geographically.  More information is available here and in the ‘Papua New Guinea’ section below.

• Summary of new viruses this week: Papua New Guinea – one new case of cVDPV1; and, Pakistan – four new wild poliovirus type 1-positive environmental samples.  See country sections below for more details.

Wild poliovirus type 1 and Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus cases

Total cases   Year-to-date 2018     Year-to-date 2017        Total in 2017

                               WPV    cVDPV               WPV cVDPV           WPV cVDPV

Globally                     13          21                      8         37                 22       96

in endemic countries 13            3                      8           0                 22        0

in non-endemic countries 0     18                      0         37                   0      96

Case breakdown by country

Countries Year-to-date 2018   Year-to-date 2017   Total in 2017                                                                             
                  WPV cVDPV          WPV cVDPV         WPV cVDPV  
Afghanistan 10        0                 5         0               14         0  

DR congo      0       11                0         7                 0       22 

Nigeria           0         3                0        0                 0          0 

Pakistan        3          0                3        0                8           0 

Papua NG     0          2                0        0                0           0 

Somalia         0          5                0        0                0           0  

Syria AR       0           0                0      30                0         74 


A review of ongoing and past field studies has provided additional insights into the effectiveness of fractional dose inactivated polio vaccine (fIPV). Various studies have shown that two doses of fIPV are better than one full dose of IPV at boosting immunity. This evidence gives further weight to the recommendation of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization for countries to consider adopting fIPV in both their supplementary and routine immunization activities.  This approach could significantly improve the global IPV supply situation which is currently constrained, by reducing the volume of IPV needed to cover a population. Countries are increasingly using fIPV, both in routine and vaccination campaigns.