Altrincham Rotary continues to help eradicate Polio across the world.
Altrincham Rotary has played
a role in the significant global public health achievement to eradicate polio. Only
Pakistan and Afghanistan remain to be declared polio-free.
Polio is a debilitating disease mainly affecting
children, which can cause paralysis and even death.
This incredible milestone is the result of decades
of effort from Rotary clubs and volunteers around the world, who have
fundraised, campaigned, and worked tirelessly since Rotary pledged to rid the
world of polio more than 35 years ago.
Altrincham Rotary has played its part in the End
Polo Now campaign for many years. Local initiatives included: fundraising and
donations; arranging polio-awareness activities with local schools, planting
purple crocus corms in public areas, illuminating buildings with purple light,
more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against the disease, which
have reduced the number of cases by 99.9% from around 1,000 cases per day in
Rotary remains committed to helping take the final,
challenging steps towards making a polio free world a reality. “If we don’t
finish the job, it is estimated that, within 10 years, as many as 200,000
children annually all over the world could succumb to polio, including here in
the UK. The virus can literally be only a plane ride away, so vaccination is
order to sustain this progress, vaccination programmes must continue to protect
every last child and strengthen routine immunisation to keep immunity levels
high, so the virus does not return to Africa or other parts of the world,
including the UK.
Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2
billion to ending polio since 1985.
On behalf of the millions of children who remain
vulnerable to polio and therefore, potentially, a lifetime of misery - thank
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