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Rotary's top philanthropic goal is to stop the transmission of the poliovirus by 2005.
Tremendous progress has been made toward ending polio worldwide.
Though great progress has been made in Asia, much work remains in west and central Africa.
Rotary and its global partners are taking action
To avert a public health tragedy, 23 African nations are currently synchronizing mass immunization campaigns with the goal of reaching over 80 million children in Africa'
s largest ever coordinated health initiative for children.
The first round of campaigns were conducted from 8-12 October and the second from 18-22 November. Participating countries include: Nigeria
, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon
, Central African Republic
, Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d'Ivoire
, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea
, Senegal & Sierra Leone.
A third round will be conducted in Burkina Faso
, Cote d'Ivoire
from 13-19 December.
Polio eradication in Africa is feasible
Only three African nations are polio-endemic, which include Egypt
, compared with 46 countries in 1996.
With all Nigerian states now participating in immunization campaigns, we have our best opportunity to stop the virus for good during these mass immunization campaigns.
It is anticipated that the last cases of polio will occur in 2005, followed by global certification three years later.
Rotary clubs around the world have contributed to the goal of eradicating polio.
Rotary members have donated their time and money to help immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.
Rotary is the largest private supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary's contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed US$600 million.
In addition to raising and contributing funds, Rotary has provided an army of volunteers to promote and assist during national immunization campaigns. Rotary members assist with vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and administer the oral polio vaccine to children.
Rotary's community-based leadership, volunteer support and initial funding for vaccine were the catalyst for the World Health Assembly's resolution in 1988 to eradicate polio.
Rotary will continue the fight until the world is certified polio-free and every child is safe from this devastating disease.
Once eradicated, polio will be the second disease after smallpox ever to be eliminated worldwide.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world.