June 22, 2017

Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,

No new wild Polio cases this week.
The Final Three Endemic Countries:

Pakistan – No new Polio cases reported this week.  Two cases reported in 2017 -the most recent from the Diamir district, Gilgit Baltistan province with an onset on 2/13/17.  Twenty Polio cases were reported in 2016.  No new WPV1 positive environmental samples were reported in the past week.

Afghanistan – No new Polio cases reported this week.  Four cases reported in 2017 – the most recent in the Nawzad district, Hilmand with the onset of paralysis on 4/16/17, Thirteen Polio cases were reported in 2016. No new Polio-positive environmental samples were collected this week in Afghanistan.

Syria – A Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio outbreak in Syria has paralyzed 17 there.  Efforts are underway to insure the security of vaccinators ready to immunize 400,000 children in the area of the outbreak.  While not considered as serious as Wild Polio outbreaks, vaccine derived cases indicate low immunity levels and poor sanitation.

Team Rotary Bicycle Race Across America Team is racing across the country (from Oceanside, CA on June 17, 2017 to Annapolis, MD – hopefully on June 24, 2017)  in an effort to raise money and awareness of Polio Eradication.

Polio Eradication Fundraising – A continuing column featuring a weekly Polio Eradication Fundraising Idea. Make it easy – With our new PolioPlus Donate page,  your online PolioPlus contributions can be made quickly, easily, and securely on any device, including tablets and phones.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged to match up to $50 Million of Rotarian raised donations 2 to 1 for the next three years!  So our Goal is set – to raise $50 each of the next three years!

Quote of the day – “Eradicating Polio is the ultimate in sustainable service.  It is an investment that will yield not just long-lasting but a permanent benefit, on a global scale.  It is and must remain our Number 1 priority until the job is done.”  RI President Elect Ian Riseley