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.

What is Your Choice?

Here’s a question guaranteed to stir controversy:  If you were a Rotary leader who had to make a choice between one of two options, one Rotarian giving $100,000 to the Foundation –or– 1,000 Rotarians each giving $100 to the Foundation, which would you choose? Sorry, “both” is not an answer, you have to choose.

My choice would be the 1,000 Rotarians giving $100 each.  My logic is that the vast majority of Rotarians in North America can afford to give $100 per year and, further, can do so every year.  Chances are that the single $100,000 donor does this once in his or her lifetime and never gives again. A Major Donor gift of $100,000 is an end; a Sustaining Member gift of $100 is a beginning.

The other, more subtle reason for preferring small donations is that once a Rotarian gives that first donation to our Foundation, he or she has made a transition from being a member of a Rotary club to being a Rotarian. The member has made an investment in our organization, both financially and emotionally.  Sustaining members get it. They are more likely to remain long term Rotarians and more likely to donate more in the future.  They are also the people who will donate more of their precious time toward the cause and are the people who will become leaders of the future.