40th anniversary of the
global battle to end polio
World Polio Day, Oct. 24, is a time to reflect on what has been accomplished.
Worldwide, polio is nearly eradicated. In 1988, some 350,000 cases were reported in 125 countries. Thanks in no small part to efforts by Rotary International, cases reported globally last year were down to 13.
In partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the campaign Rotary International initiated in 1985 has been a phenomenal success.
To date, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated.
Although the wholesale cost of a dosage of vaccine is low, the cumulative cost is in the billions. Nonetheless, Rotary will continue its funding commitment until the disease is completely conquered.
Letter: Make San Jose’s Nature’s City at Los Gatos, Guadalupe rivers
Letter: Trump, a CEO, treats the US as if it’s one of his companies
Letter: Kids will suffer till Santa Clara County and the union reach agreement
Letter: There is no Planet B — our kids rely on our action now
Letter: We need to know: What would John McCain do?
If you think you might like to “give back” locally, membership in Rotary is a great means of doing so. For more information, go to www.lamorindasunrise.org.
Submit your letter to the editor via this form
Read more Letters to the Editor
Source:: The Mercury News – Health