POLIO: THE FACTS
Polio has no cure which means immunisation programmes are essential to prevent children from contracting this disease. Until polio is eradicated children everywhere are at risk.
For more than 30 years Rotary has been working hard to rid the world of this terrible disease which kills or severely disables children.
Rotary started its campaign to rid the world of polio in 1985 and at that time Polio was endemic in 125 countries. Today, it’s in only two: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
HELP ROTARY FREE THE WORLD FROM POLIO
Since 1988 Polio cases across the world have been reduced by 99.9% and over 2.5 billion children have been immunised.
IT COSTS JUST 20p TO IMMUNISE A CHILD
For every £1 Rotary raises, FIFTEEN children can be protected for life. How is that when it costs 20p per child? It’s because for every £1 Rotary raises, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches it 2-to-1 so £1 becomes £3 and for £3 fifteen children can be immunised.
To declare the world Polio free, there must be three years without any new cases being reported. Remote and rural areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan are hard to reach but Rotary is continuing to fund immunisation programmes in these areas to rid them of Polio.
If the global campaign fails because of the lack of funds, Polio would return to pandemic levels in less than 10 years. There would be up to 200,000 new cases of paralysis every year in countries which have long been free of the disease.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
Please support our Purple4Polio campaign in Swindon this Autumn and next Spring..
On Saturday 7th October 2023 we planted 4,000 purple crocus corms at TWIGS Community Garden. We can't wait to see them all bloom in the Spring.
Directions to TWIGS: SN2 2QJ in your SatNav. Click here to visit the TWIGS website.
LEASE MAKE A DONATION TO OUR PURPLE4POLIO CAMPAIGN
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The Rotary Club of Swindon North and Thamesdown acknowledges with thanks the financial support for its Purple4Polio Campaign received from SUNFLOW (Heating for life) T: 0800 158 8270 Web: https://sunflowltd.co.uk/
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