||Rotary E-Club of District 3150
|President Communique # 8
|Editor: ,, Rtn.Suryanarayana S V
Let us meet the Bill Gates Challenge !
One of the globally recognized and admired initiatives of Rotary International has been the launch of the Polio eradication campaign for eliminating Polio from the world. It is through this programme, Rotarians have demonstrated 'Yes, We Can!' And working towards making of Polio-free world. In India, Rotary initiated the Polio immunization campaign in 1994 to supplement the routine immunization effort through National Immunization Days. Since then, Rotary Clubs all over India have been working to support Rotary International for funding and advocacy while Government of India & State Governments role is surveillance, operation & monitoring. Rotary has partnered with UNICEF [Vaccine procurement, Communication & monitoring], World Health Organization [surveillance, operation & monitoring] and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [Funding and surveillance] All this to eradicate Polio. With the numerous efforts by Rotarians and Partners, today more than 50 Lakh children have been saved from falling prey to the crippling Polio virus - but this is not enough. Every year, more than a million children are born in the country and unfortunately all are at risk. This is because even a lone Polio virus can affect any child, anywhere in the world, and is enough to start an epidemic. Rotary has been successful in changing the life of more than Fifty Lakh children in India. So far, Rotary has invested more than 855 million US Dollars in the Polio endemic countries.
I could gather this vital info by attending and following the
presentations of Chief Guest, District Administration, speakers and
Rotarians during an all day Rotary District Polio Plus Orientation Meet
(Workshop) 'Final Fight' which was hosted by Rotary Club of Bhagyanagar
on Sunday the 10th October, 2010 at Hotel Sitara Regency, Hyderabad,
How To Go About: Rtn Surya [Right] discussing with Rtn Deepak Kapur, Chairman, Rotary International's India National Polio Plus Society
while Rtn. Dr. Ravi Vadlamani, Chairman-District Polio Plus Committee giving his ideas.
The day long proceedings started with the presentations by our Past
District Governor Rtn.Sam, Member-National Polio Plus Committee and the
Chief Guest Rtn.Deepak Kapur, Chairman, Rotary International's India
National Polio Plus Society [ http://www.rotarypolioplusindia.org
mentioned that we are in the last lap of the fight and it is not over
till it is over. As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in
the world, children everywhere remain at risk.
It was informed to the participants that the Bill Gates challenge is a
major boost to the eradication campaign. Gates Foundation joined hands
with Rotary International and through Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, contributed a sum of US$ 355 Million and asked Rotary
International to raise further sum of US$ 200 Million on its
own.Rotarians world over have raised about $141.2 million. The resulting
$555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing
countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children,
robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by
their families. Our Rotary District 3150 has already collected Rs 94
Lakhs to supplement the Rotary efforts to meet the Bill Gates Challenge.With Best Wishes,
One could really get motivated with the subsequent panel discussions
moderated by Rtn. Dr. Ravi Vadlamani, Chairman-District Polio Plus
Committee on sharing experiences of Rotarians and stratagies applied by
the Rotary clubs. What impressed most was Rtn.Uma Rani Vellore- Polio
Revenue District District co-ordinator's tips with a display of End
Polio campaign material to increase the social mobilization.
Since Rotary role is primarily to focus on funding, facilitation and
creating awareness, let us support our Rotary District "End Polio Now"
drive named as 'Nenu Saitham (or) We shall overcome' to raise funds for
the final push for polio eradication, create awareness for the polio
campaign involving youth and children and collect funds.
Yours In Rotary
Surya-Charter President - Rotary E-Club Of District 3150