Posted by Bob Ruehl on Sep 15, 2017
Here is the latest End Polio Now newsletter.
August 2017
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Start Planning Your World Polio Day Event
World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community. Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.
Last year, 1,400 World Polio Day events took place in 90 countries. Let your community know that the fight isn’t over and that Rotary is leading the way toward a polio-free world.
Join the celebration, and register your event.
Thank you, Rotary
UNICEF and the World Health Organization have produced a nearly-four-minute video thanking Rotary and its members for protecting the world’s children against polio for more than 30 years.
Every dollar you have donated and every drop of vaccine you have helped administer have brought us one step closer to a polio-free world. This video is a powerful reminder of the positive impact Rotarians have made around the world.
Rotary releases a new online giving platform
Making a contribution to end polio just got easier thanks to Rotary’s newly upgraded online giving platform. You can now make a gift quickly and securely from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The new platform allows you to make donations in your local currency and, when you’re signed in to My Rotary, keeps track of your giving record.
Through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, any contribution you make will be tripled, increasing Rotary’s ability to help vulnerable children around the world be polio-free.

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 Activities Roundup
As part of its Purple for Polio program, the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland sponsored a young writer’s poem competition for school children ages 7-11 years old. They were tasked with writing poems about polio. Each participant received a certificate for their submission. One winner was chosen from each district and the winning poems were shared with 2016-17 Rotary International President John Germ and RIBI President Eve Conway.
On 25 June, members of District 7070 in Canada scaled new heights as they reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The team of three climbed more than 19,000 feet to the summit and in the process, raised $500,000 for End Polio Now. Read more about their journey.
The Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering, Nebraska, USA, held a Purple Pancakes for Polio fundraiser. More than 100 hungry people showed up for breakfast, where, for US$5, they were treated to a short stack of pancakes, coffee, and conversation – all for a good cause.
In Ethiopia, of the 11,000 women participating in the 14th Edition of the Women First 5K Run, 300 ran “towards a polio-free world” as part of the End Polio Now team to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication efforts.
Polio in the News
Carol Pandak, Rotary’s director of PolioPlus, was featured on the podcast Humanosphere, a U.S.-based news outlet that covers global health and development topics. Pandak discussed Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of polio. The podcast also addressed Rotary’s historic role in eradicating polio, the importance of continued investments in global health, and PolioPlus’ plan to shift its focus to other health initiatives once polio is eradicated.

Polio was featured in a supplementary issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Titled “Polio Endgame & Legacy: Implementation, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned,” the issue includes several articles about polio strategy and coordination efforts, strengthening immunization services, and planning for transition after polio is eradicated. Rotary wrote the article “Rotary’s PolioPlus Program: Lessons Learned, Transition Planning, and Legacy” and co-wrote “The Public Health Legacy of Polio Eradication in Africa.”
The New York Times’ Retro Report produced a 10-minute video looking back on smallpox, polio, and Ebola. It highlighted how in 2014, the polio surveillance infrastructure played a huge role in combating Ebola, particularly during an outbreak in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free just three months afterward.
The Leadership newspaper in Nigeria reported on local Rotarians’ commitment to eradicating polio in the country by hosting immunization days and providing education, particularly to those in rural communities, on what causes polio and how to prevent it.                                                                 
The Washington Post’s editorial board published an article outlining the success so far toward ending polio, while reporting on the recent vaccine-derived outbreaks in Syria. 
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