Making Polio HISTORY ~ Bellaire Rotarian Goes to India For National Immunization Day
BSWH's Judy Harwell accompanied 40 other Rotarians on the life-saving mission of a National Immunization Day - - in INDIA. She was shocked by the depth of poverty and incredible needs she saw. From the News Archives of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Since PolioPlus began in 1985, Rotary's vast network of 1.2 million members has contributed money, volunteer time, and networking expertise to the polio eradication effort. Rotary's financial contributions to the global polio eradication effort will reach nearly US$650 million by the time the world is certified polio-free. Rotary's leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunization Days to immunize children. The PolioPlus program helps Rotary fund operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities. Click to READ MORE about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunization Day (NID).