There’s a lot to
celebrate this World Polio Day, 24 OctoberIn all but three countries of the world,
governments supported by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have stopped
transmission of this crippling virus. This year, fewer children (171) have been
paralyzed by polio, in fewer parts of the world than ever before.
the launch of the GPEI’s Emergency Action Plan in May 2010, India – long thought
to be the hardest place from which to eradicate polio – has stopped polio
transmission. Polio now survives among the most marginalized communities of just
three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Polio eradication is
at a pivotal point, and the three countries and the partners supporting them are
all in emergency mode. A massive surge of human resources – over 4000 people –
has been deployed to assist the countries, but local ownership is at the heart
of these efforts:
- Traditional leaders take part in the selection of
vaccinators in Nigeria
- ‘Permanent’ polio vaccination teams operate in
insecure parts of Afghanistan to ensure children can be vaccinated regardless of
who controls the area
- The overall administration at a district-level in
Pakistan – not the health sector alone – is accountable for reaching every child
in the area with vaccine
- A single focal point, a polio ‘tsar’, reports on
the country’s progress to the head of state in all three countries.
2012, 398 million children have been vaccinated against polio. This week alone,
nearly 20 million children are being vaccinated, in eight countries in Africa
where children still face a high risk of polio paralysis.
eradicate polio would lead eventually to at least 200,000 children paralyzed
worldwide every year, and as recent outbreaks in polio-free areas such as
Tajikistan and China have shown, increasingly, adults have also been paralyzed,
and killed. Only eradication will ensure a polio-free world. And prove that
every child, everywhere, can be reached with life-saving vaccines.
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Original source: The Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:23
9 October 2012 marked 12 months since China’s
last polio case.
In 2011, polio from Pakistan had infected the country,
which had eradicated indigenous polio in 1994. China
conducted a model response, and successfully stopped the outbreak in record time
– three months from index to last case. For more on the outbreak response
implemented in China, please click here
EVANSTON, Ill., September 27, 2012 -- Rotary
International plans to contribute US $75 million over three years to the Global
Polio Eradication Initiative as part of a worldwide effort to close a $945
million funding gap that threatens to derail the 24 year-old global health
effort, even as new polio cases are at an all-time low. Rotary already has
contributed more than $1.2 billion to stop this crippling childhood disease.
imperative that governments step up and honor their commitments to polio
eradication if we are to achieve our goal of a polio-free world," said
Wilkinson. "We are at a true tipping point, with success never closer than
it is right now. We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk
breaking our pledge to the world's children." Earlier this year, Rotary
raised $228 million in new money for polio eradication in response to a $355
million challenge grant from the Gates Foundation, which promptly contributed
an additional $50 million in recognition of Rotary's commitment.
The urgency at
the UN follows action taken in May by the World Health Assembly, which declared
polio eradication to be a "programmatic emergency for global public
health." Although new polio cases are at an all-time low - fewer than 140
worldwide so far this year - the $945 million shortfall has already affected
several scheduled immunization activities in polio-affected countries and could
derail the entire program unless the gap is bridged.
responsibilities in the initiative are fundraising and advocacy, a role of
increasing importance as the end game draws near. In early September, Rotary
launched a new, interactive website http://www.endpolionow.org intended to
educate, activate and inspire visitors to actively support the polio
information on Rotary International, visit: http://www.rotary.org
For more information on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, visit: http://www.polioeradication.org
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:05
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Next week (on 27 September), UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host a high-level event on polio eradication, in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The event, ‘Our Commitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Polio-free World’ will bring together leaders of the remaining endemic countries, donor governments, development agencies, spearheading partners and representatives of the media, to draw attention to the urgent need for focus and commitment to eradicate the remaining 1% of polio cases worldwide.
The event will be followed by a global civil society festival on 29 September, bringing together top artists with an audience of 60,000 to a concert in New York’s Central Park, to catalyse further action to end polio and extreme poverty. For more, please visit www.globalfestival.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 09:40