District 7570 Rotary History Moment

District 7570 Rotary History Moment
Jane Crawford ableprinter@yahoo.com

Disease Prevention & Treatment Month December 2016
Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize peo-ple, to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.
In preparing for this article, I want to share one way, I believe that Rotary is making a difference. For example in Nigeria, many of the leadership in the past have refused to engage with Rotary in allowing the children to have vaccination because of religious beliefs but that is changing through efforts of the country’s leadership and Rotary within clubs in the country and their leadership.
Rotary is a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. To help Nigeria seize the opportunity to end polio this year, Rotary released $7 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to fund immunization activities and research in the country. "The Nigerian government, now supported by the international community, is doing all that it can to eliminate the widespread violence, abductions, and terrorism," says Sir Emeka, business leader and philanthropist who has contributed $2.25 million to PolioPlus. Sir Emeka is a member of the Rotary Club of Awka GRA and Rotary's polio ambassador in Nigeria. "Peace would facilitate polio eradication, but we cannot sit by and wait until that time comes. We must do what we can to find ways to end polio now."
The system in Nigeria is working because of the dedication of Rotarians and the healthcare workers – the un-sung heroes of the system. These people go door to door despite the danger, because they are passionate about stopping vaccine-preventable diseases from affecting more children. The polio virus is highly contagious, and passes easily among humans through contaminated water or food. It attacks the spinal cord and can paralyze limbs.
Equally important is to mention there have been 32 polio cases worldwide this year — four in Nigeria, 16 in Pakistan and 12 in Afghanistan. Of the Afghan cases, four are from -a-square-mile cluster of farming villages, home to about 1,000 people. By late 2015, only about 30,000 children remained inaccessible, and transmission had slowed considerably: In the first four months of this year, Pakistan saw eight new polio cases, down from 22 over the same period in 2015.
Lastly in current news, The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation. The announcement came on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual conference in San Francisco.
“The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world” says Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. This the WHY that Rotary has historically focused on Disease Prevention and Treatment.