Polio Eradication Update

Polio Eradication Update
18.WPV (Wild Poliovirus Cases) as at Dec.11th 2013

                             YTD 2013        YTD 2012        Total 2012

Globally                359                  213                  223

Endemic               135                  208                  217

Non-Endemic       224                  5                      6

Pakistan               74                                            56

Afghanistan          11                                            34

Nigeria                  50                                            118

Somalia                183                                           0

Kenya                   14                                             0

Ethiopia                 6                                              0

Syria                      17                                             0
4                                               0 

The Good,The Bad and the Ugly
The Good:
Incidence of polio cases in the endemic countries is down almost 40% year after year.  There have been no reported cases of polio in the Horn of Africa since October 8, 2013.  Seven countries and territories are holding mass polio vaccination campaigns repeatedly targeting 22 million children under the age of five years over the next 6 – 8 months.  In a joint resolution all countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have declared polio eradication to be an emergency, calling for support in negotiating and establishing access to those children who are currently unreached with polio vaccinations.Keep Calm
The Bad:
North Waziristan is the area with the largest number of children being paralyzed by the polio virus in Pakistan. Immunization activities have been suspended by local leaders since June 2012. It is critical that children in all areas are vaccinated and protected from the polio virus. Immunizations in neighboring high risk areas are being intensified to further boost population immunity levels in those areas and prevent further spread of this outbreak.
The Ugly:
There have been 224 cases of the polio virus surfacing in 5 additional non-endemic countries which had reported no cases of polio in 2012.


Editor’s Note:  It is expected every Club President work toward  a Presidential Citation.  Here are details.

What is Rotary? What does a Rotary club do? These questions are often asked of Rotarians by prospective members and other interested people, and they are difficult to answer effectively in a few short minutes.

Although our primary motto Service Above Self highlights our altruistic nature, it fails to answer the two questions. Therefore, I decided to search for a briefly stated theme that would fulfill two objectives: The first to explain the purpose of Rotary to non-Rotarians and the second to confirm and validate the importance of our principles to Rotarians.

In my search for the right words, I reviewed the four Avenues of Service and noted that Club Service and Vocational Service both help us to enjoy life and to be good citizens. Community Service and Vocational Service combine to make our local communities better places for us to live and work. And International Service permits us to partner with clubs in other countries and on different continents to make the world a better place to live with an improved opportunity for world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

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Rotary Coordinator and Assistants (ARC’s)

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We are a network of 41 Rotarians (each with a core of Rotary Coordinator Assistants), appointed by the RI president, who serve as an RI resource – in partnership with the RI director, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator , and district governor – for promoting and successfully implementing the RI Strategic Plan in our districts and clubs.  We also work closely with the Public Image Resource Group.

Rotary coordinators and the assistant coordinators help clubs and districts identify and implement strategies that support al 3 areas of the RI Strategic Plan (www.rotary.org/strategicplan);

–  Support and Strengthen Clubs
–  Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
–  Enhance Public Image and Awareness


  • Serving as an RI resource, consultant, trainer and advisor to clubs and districts
  • Sharing ideas and best practices
  • Identifying districts that excel in membership, RI programs and public relations, and connecting them with districts seeking assistance
  • Facilitating collaborative efforts between districts
  • Advocating for innovative and creative approaches that support and strengthen clubs, public image and RI programs
  • Set up and assist with training programs for Districts and Clubs