When Rotary International launched Polio Plus in 1985, more than 125 countries were still polio endemic and at least one thousand children were paralysed every day. At that time there were over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide and the prognosis for many sufferers was a long term illness plagued by muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, fatigue, pain and even paralysis.
Since then Rotary has been responsible for the immunisation of over two billion children worldwide.
As a consequence of these efforts, annual diagnosed cases of polio have declined by over 99.9%.
Currently polio is present in only three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In Afghanistan there were 14 cases diagnosed last year, in Pakistan there were eight and none in Nigeria. Sadly there have been three cases reported in Afghanistan in 2018.
The aim is to completely eradicate polio and the campaign is getting closer and closer.
Come along to the meeting on Tuesday evening and hear the latest news as Bruce Anderson updates us on the Polio Plus campaign!