Posted on Oct 03, 2018
One Day. One Focus: Ending Polio
24 October 2018
 
We're getting ready for the 6th annual World Polio Day event in Philadelphia, PA, USA. We will be streaming live from the College of Physicians, and aim to bring together more than 100,000 viewers around the world. Watch the video above, featuring global health experts and celebrities sharing our progress on the road to polio eradication.
Why End Polio?
To end polio, we must stop transmission of the virus in the three countries where it remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. We must also keep all other countries polio-free until we're certain it won't resurface. Up to 60 high-risk countries still operate large-scale immunization campaigns to protect children against polio.
 
 
The Disease:
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.
Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners use to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
 
The Risk:   A Resurgence of Polio
If polio is not fully eradicated, we could see a global resurgence of the disease with as many as 200,000 new cases each year over the next 10 years, all over the world.
 
 
 
Why More Funds?
 
Why is funding still needed to end polio if we only have 3 countries left?
To end polio, we must stop transmission of wild poliovirus in the 3 remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. We must also keep other countries polio free until we achieve certification and officially eradicate polio. Until then, up to 60 high-risk countries continue to operate large-scale immunization campaigns to protect children against polio. We can't stop until we can ensure that all children are protected against the disease.
 
 
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What bold steps are we taking to get there? Find out during a live event on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org
No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org
Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org
How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today. endpolio.org/donate
 
 
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