Jul 26, 2011

World case count update

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of Rotary’s “End Polio Now” campaign.  Rotary and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are very grateful for your contributions.  We are making significant strides in global polio eradication and have some exciting updates to share with you.

Rotary continues to work to raise awareness and much-needed funds for polio eradication, through our network of 1.2 million volunteers in 200 countries and regions.  Funding is key, and requires urgent action by those who already support the initiative as well as all government and private sector donors.

Rotary is working with our network of Rotary club members in polio-affected and high risk countries to develop and implement a checklist to enhance the impact of polio immunization teams.  This checklist for polio immunization teams would ensure standardization across the program.

Currently, the polio case count half of what it was at the same time last year.

Year to date 2010: 561

Year to date 2011: 274

Tremendous progress has been made in India, and is on track to interrupt transmission of polio this year. More than 6 months have passed since the last polio case (13 January).

Thank you once again for your generosity as we work to “End Polio Now.”  Your support will help us to rid the world of this dreaded disease once and for all.

May 10, 2011

Polio cases in India lower than ever

Sub-National Immunization Day activities
Sub-National Immunization Day activities

Dear supporters,

Thank you so much for your contributions to Rotary's "End Polio Now" Campaign.  Great progress is being made in the fight to eradicate polio.  Polio cases in India are lower than ever, with only 1 official case of polio being reported thus far in 2011.  In comparison with 19 cases for the same time frame last year, we are very optimistic about this great decrease in cases.

Mop-up immunization activities for parts of Northern India have been carried out in early May.  Further Sub-national Immunization Days (SNIDs) using bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) are planned to begin on 22 May in several key high-risk districts.  

Despite the strong progress achieved, efforts are continuing, in particular in West Bengal from where the only case of 2011 has been reported.  The country continues to treat it as a serious event requiring ongoing and large-scale response.  In some areas, vaccination coverage gaps remain, and efforts by state authorities are underway to rapidly address these.

We are making great strides to eradicate polio, and India is the one remaining endemic country with the lowest number of new polio cases.  However, we cannot stop our fight yet.  We are "This Close" to eradicating this terrible disease from the world and we still need your help.  Thank you again for your generous donation - Rotary, as well as our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, are extremely grateful. 

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