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World Polio Day Program Shares Progress...
 
So far in 2021, only two cases of wild polio have been reported — the lowest circulation of the disease ever — with one infection each in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries where polio remains endemic. Global health experts expressed their optimism that Rotary’s goal of ridding the world of polio is within reach, during a 2021 Online Global Update. The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress we are making and discussed remaining challenges in the fight to end polio. Learn more
2021 New RI President 2021-22
 
Shekhar Mehta envisions Rotary's next chapter
Rotary’s president for 2021-22, Shekhar Mehta, has a vision for Rotary's future and is ready to make it happen. A member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, India, Mehta trained as an accountant and founded a real estate development company, Skyline Group, which he also chairs. But his professional title tells only a small part of the story. He is also a director of the India arm of Operation Eyesight Universal, a Canada-based nonprofit focused on preventing avoidable blindness. He helped establish more than 15 eye hospitals, in several Indian states and he started Saving Little Hearts, a project that has facilitated more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and countries in Africa. Learn more about Mehta and visit the president's page to learn about upcoming presidential conferences and Mehta's presidential initiatives.
2021 New polio eradication strategy
Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have launched the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including last year’s increase in polio cases caused by a pause in vaccination campaigns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan — the last two countries where wild polio remains endemic — have recommitted to working with the GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and reach at-risk children. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

In addition to providing a roadmap to eradication, the new strategy calls for renewed political and financial commitments from governments and donors to achieve a polio-free world.

2021 Afghanistan 1st polio vaccination campaign

World has two weeks to replace problem polio vaccine: WHO

 

Kabul, 18 January 2021 – The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO, will begin the first national polio immunization campaign of 2021 today. The 5-day campaign will aim to vaccinate over 9.9 million children under the age of 5 across the country.

As efforts to eradicate polio are intensified, declining immunity against polio in populations in certain areas of the country continues to be one of the biggest challenges. A key reason for this has been either the complete lack of access or extreme difficulty in reaching certain areas with regular routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time.

 
 

2021 - Africa Now Free of Wild Polio Virus

Africa now free of wild poliovirus, but polio threat remains.

By Cara Anna | AP  | August 25, 2020 at 4:57 a.m. CDT

 

JOHANNESBURG — Health authorities on Tuesday declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort, though cases of vaccine-derived polio are still sparking outbreaks of the paralyzing disease in more than a dozen countries.

The declaration leaves Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the wild poliovirus, with vaccination efforts against the highly infectious, water-borne disease complicated by insecurity and attacks on health workers.

The announcement by the African Regional Certification Commission for Polio Eradication comes after no cases were reported for four years. Polio once paralyzed some 75,000 children a year across Africa.

 

.Kirkwood Rotary's Community Projects Over the Years.

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Kirkwood Rotary has a long tradition of community projects.  Here is a partial list:

Since 1991, our club has handled to Greentree parade assembly at the Kirkwood High School's Essex Lot.  Early volunteers were Hugh Bissel and Tom Zinselmeyer.  They were later joined by Joe Walsh in 2000, by Lloyd Todd in 2006 and Gerry DeWulf in 2008.  The club formalized the club's involvement w=by establishing a special committee to oversee it's

  1 Quarry Park Look-out/Education platform.
  2 Walker Lake Dock (1992)
  3 Farmer's Market Pergola
  4 Mudd's Grove Library Bookshelves (2009)
  5 Mary Culver Home Refreshment Station
  6 Manor Grove Gazebo
  7 Meacham Park Garden Shelter (2013)
  8 Four Rotary Bike Racks (2014)
  9 Four Rotary Bike Racks (2015)
 10 Walker Lake Dock Rebuild (2015)

 

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