RCZC ends polio now PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:07

Last evening of October 24, the people of Asia’s Latin City were mesmerized with the huge screen in some of the business establishments in strategic locations announcing that the dreaded disease polio can now be eradicated. This public awareness campaign of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City (RCZC) during the World Polio Day worked!

People stopped, looked, smiled and learned the latest fact about polio (and hopefully will support in the raising of funds against polio). Since 1988, Rotary International and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) — the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have worked to wipe polio from the face of the earth.

A volunteer service organization of 1.2 million men and women, Rotary began immunizing children against polio in 1985 and became a spearheading partner in the GPEI three years later.

Rotary’s main responsibilities are fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer recruitment. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$900 million to the polio eradication effort.

With over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, Rotary is able to reach out to national governments worldwide to generate crucial financial and technical support for polio eradication. Since 1995, the advocacy efforts of Rotary and its partners have helped raise more than $8 billion from donor governments.

Rotary clubs also provide “sweat equity” on the ground in polio-affected communities, which helps ensure that leaders at all levels remain focused on the eradication goal. Rotary club members have volunteered their time and personal resources to reach more than two billion children in 122 countries with the oral polio vaccine.

Thanks to Rotary and its partners, the world has seen polio cases plummet by more than 99 percent, preventing five million instances of child paralysis and 250,000 deaths. When Rotary began its eradication work, polio infected more than 350,000 children annually. In 2009, fewer than 1,700 cases were reported worldwide.

But the polio cases represented by that final 1 percent are the most difficult and expensive to prevent. Challenges include geographic isolation, worker fatigue, armed conflict, and cultural barriers.

That’s why it’s so important to generate the funding needed to End Polio Now. To fail is to invite a polio resurgence that would condemn millions of children to lifelong paralysis in the years ahead.

The bottom line is this: As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children — wherever they live — remain at risk.

After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high. By donating now, you can help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.

Thanks to RCZC leaders like RCZC President Rikki Lim, PP Oliver Ong, PP Anton Lim, PP Edwin To, and IPP Jun Kwan for leading in this campaign. This uniue campisn was made possible through the support of Interco, Shopper’s Plaza, Paradize pension, OK Bazaar, Hermosa Hotel. BPUI Climaco, and Hotel Perlita.

“If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” — (Bill Gates, cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2011 14:26