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Rotary proud of polio eradication

Published 4:59 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2014
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The World Health Organization has declared India to be polio free, a huge success for the Polio Eradication Initiative started by Rotary International back in 1988.

Polio remains endemic only in small pockets of Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Rotary Club of New Canaan is proud to be a small part of the worldwide effort to eradicate polio from the world. Over the past five years, the Rotary Club of New Canaan has teamed up with the Wilton and Stamford Rotary clubs for an annual golf tournament and has raised more than $10,000 for the Polio Plus Campaign.

Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed $1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.

Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced from 350,000 a year to fewer than 400 cases in 2013. The Americas were declared free from polio in 1994, the Western Pacific region in 2000, and Europe in 2002.

For information, www.rotary.org.