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ALOHA AND E KOMO MAI (welcome)
A Message From Our 2015–2016 President, Ron Harris
The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea is in its 38th year of service, Meetings at Mulligan's On The Blue begin at 12:00 noon. Lunch is available from 11:45 on and meetings end between 1:15 and 1:30.
The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea Mission Statement:
"In the spirit of the Rotary Four-Way Test, strive to improve the lives, health, and well-being of citizens (with a special emphasis on children) in our community and that of underprivileged communities around the world. Achieve meaningful results for our service projects in an atmosphere of fun, fellowship, and aloha."
With Rotary Aloha,
Ron Harris, President
Rotary International News
[Updated Monday, August 3rd 2015 at 00:00 GMT +3]
Phares Mutembei writes:
Council of Governors (CoG) Chairman Peter Munya has said the council fully supports the national polio vaccination programme launched on Saturday.
Mr Munya, who is also Meru governor, therefore asked parents to take their young children to health centres to receive the jab.
He said those opposed to the drive had not presented any credible evidence that the vaccine is harmful to the reproductive health of recipients.
"There is no research that has been done to determine that the vaccine is bad and we support the Government's efforts to reach all corners of the country," he said.
The CoG chief said the vaccine is needed so as to contain the disease, adding that some counties remain at risk.
"Polio is still a challenge for this nation. As the CoG, we do not have any problem with the vaccine and we are partnering with the Government to make the exercise a success," he said.
Munya said the jab has successfully been administered in India, whose population continues to soar.
"India's citizens continue to give birth yet they have been taking the immunisation for many years.
This shows that claims of the jab causing damage to one's reproductive health are unfounded," he said.
The governor spoke even as a section of religious leaders expressed their opposition to the jab, claiming it is not fit for consumption.
Others have claimed the polio vaccine aims at controlling population growth, a claim denied by Ministry of Health officials.
[Monday, August 3rd 2015]
Ellyn W. Ogden writes:
Since 1988, global efforts to eradicate polio have reduced the number of new cases by 99 percent, from 350,000 annually to a few dozen this year — preventing lifelong paralysis in millions of children worldwide.
In the fight to extinguish the disease, a significant milestone was reached on July 24. It has now been one year since the last reported case of wild polio in Nigeria.
Historically, Nigeria has been the main virus reservoir responsible for repeated outbreaks across the world. Just three years ago, the country seemed to be struggling in the battle against polio and recorded more than half of all global cases.
This achievement is the result of a Herculean effort to reach every child multiple times with the polio vaccine — thanks to the legions of volunteers, health workers, community leaders, mobilizers, lab staff, religious and traditional leaders, and millions of others.
However, since the wild polio virus can circulate silently, hiding in raw sewage for more than three years, it is far too soon for Nigeria to be complacent. The risk of undetected transmission remains in Nigeria and other vulnerable areas in and around conflict zones in Africa.
A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a girl in Nigeria. / Courtesy of TSCHIP
What is polio?
Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by the wild polio virus. It spreads through contact with the stool of an infected person and droplets from a sneeze or cough. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death in a matter of hours. For thousands of years, polio was a leading cause of disability, arriving without warning and causing lifelong paralysis.
When will Africa be certified polio-free?
At least two more years must pass without a case of wild polio virus in Africa for the World Health Organization (WHO) to certify the region as polio-free. This will require continued government leadership across the African region, particularly in Nigeria, high quality immunization campaigns, and improved routine immunization, monitoring, and sustained vigilance.
We don’t want any cases of polio to go unnoticed or unreported. If Nigeria sustains high quality campaigns — maintaining population-level coverage (at least 90 percent of people), even in remote and hard-to-reach areas — and continues to improve routine immunizations, the virus will be stopped. Eradicating polio in all of Africa will bring us closer than ever to a world without the disease.
When will the world be polio-free?
Polio will be stopped — but we need continued political will, quality immunization campaigns, stronger routine immunization, and active disease surveillance to make that happen. The world will be declared polio-free three years after the last polio case is identified.
What is USAID’s role in the global polio eradication effort?
The global effort to eradicate polio is spearheaded by Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WHO, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
USAID has played a critical role raising the importance of cross-border coordination, communication and the need for more women vaccinators. In fact, by working with local community organizations, women’s groups and self-help groups, the messages have gone well beyond polio to address other immunizations, water and sanitation, breastfeeding and handwashing.
Supported by USAID, countries are monitoring for cases in formal health facilities and in communities, providing the data to verify that immunization efforts are working. Increasingly, this network of disease surveillance officers is also searching for cases of other preventable diseases and working at the front lines during any disease outbreak or natural disaster. Our steady financial support and technical leadership has contributed to this success and laid the foundation for a lasting legacy.
How important are vaccines to global health?
Vaccines are one of the best buys in public health and global development — the cheapest, most lasting measure we have to save a child’s life. Vaccines protect us from 25 diseases, such as measles, whooping cough, polio and meningitis, and avert an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths each year.
Working closely with host country governments, ministries of health and finance, and in-country and global partners, USAID is bringing its financial, technical and diplomatic efforts to support country immunization programs and reach all children with critical safe vaccines.
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[AUGUST 3, 2015]
John Tabor writes:
The last and only disease eradicated from the earth was smallpox in 1980. We are getting close to the second.
Days ago, Africa achieved a giant milestone. On July 24, Nigeria, the last remaining polio endemic country on the continent, went one year without a single case of the Wild-Poliovirus.
Most people in Charlotte and the United States are unaware of the crippling and deadly disease polio. After all, we have been polio-free for 35 years. But the disease lives on around the world and is just a plane ride away.
In 1988, Rotary International with its 1.2 million members took up the cause to make the world polio-free. At that time there were 350,000 polio cases – almost the size of Charlotte that year.
Rotary, along with the World Health Organization, local and national governments, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and many others have raised over $9 billion and spent millions of volunteer hours to immunize more than 1 billion children. And although it sounds overwhelming, it starts in the local communities, like Charlotte. There are 19 Rotary clubs in the Charlotte area, all of which raise money to fight this disease.
Last year, there were three polio-endemic countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Through July these countries have seen great advances. Pakistan remains the largest challenge to achieving global eradication. Last year Pakistan had 306 cases and this year-to-date the number has dropped to 28 cases. Afghanistan has dropped from 22 cases to 5 cases. And Nigeria dropped from 6 to zero cases.
Last year, India, the second largest country in the world, was certified polio-free.
So out of 7 billion people on this planet, there have been 33 polio cases this year. That is a 99.99 percent reduction from 1988.
Think about what 33 people represents – the children in one CMS classroom – one classroom out of the entire world.
While these accomplishments are noteworthy, there is much work to be done and many health workers are cautious. Over the past two years there have been several very small outbreaks, which the World Health Organization has quickly reacted to. All of these are back under control, but these outbreaks are a harsh reminder that until polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return.
To gain certification, a country or area has to remain polio-free for three years. All of the countries mentioned above continue to have National Immunization Days either underway or planned for this fall. Hundreds of millions of children will continue to get a dose of the vaccine until we are done.
While there is still work to be done, today we should celebrate that Africa is polio-free.
Charlotte-area residents can help by contributing to Rotary’s Polio Plus program through a local Rotary club. All of the contribution is directed to this effort and each dollar is matched with two dollars by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can be part of history helping eradicate a disease that has been around since the Pharaohs of Egypt.
John Tabor is a past president of the Rotary Club of Charlotte, the second largest club on the East Coast and the 31st largest club in the world out of 34,000. In 2012, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds to fight polio.
[2 AUGUST 2015]
Dutse Local Government Area of Jigawa has said that it immunised 111,372 children against polio virus during the recent round of polio immunisation.
The Manager, National Programme on Immunisation for the area, Alhaji Suraj Muhammad, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday the council received 121,000 doses of Oral Polio Vaccines and used 119,040.
He said 150 non-compliance cases were recorded out of which 142 cases were resolved and eight cases pending.
Muhammad said that the non-compliance cases would have resulted in the non-immunisation of 282 children, but its resolution led to 272 children being immunised.
He commended religious and traditional leaders in the council for their support and intervention in resolving the non-compliance cases.
The manager further commended the local government for providing cartons of sweets to entice the children to participate in the exercise.
Muhammad expressed satisfaction with the turnout of children, and commended parents for their cooperation.
The Governor of Rotary District 9102, Dorothé Gounon, has expressed the optimism that the targeted date for the complete global eradication of polio in 2018 would be met.
He said the global partnership to eradicate the disease, which was initiated by Rotary International in 1985, has achieved the desired result leaving only four countries still reporting its prevalence. They are Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria.
Governor Gounon disclosed that in 1985 when the campaign began, 350,000 children were paralysed yearly by the disease in 200 countries. To date, 99 per cent eradication has been achieved.
Both India and Nigeria are yet to record any case this year.
The District Governor, a Beninnois, who is on a nine-day official visit to some 12 clubs in Ghana, was speaking during his visit to the Rotary Club of Accra-West at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra.
Rotary District 9102 comprises clubs in four West African countries namely, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Niger.
Governor Gounon attributed the success of the polio campaign to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and some 20 million volunteers, backed by an international investment of more than US$ 9 billion. This, he said, had been possible due to the leadership role of Rotary International and all Rotarians.
The District Governor described Rotary clubs as the basic units of Rotary International, a service organisation, whose goal is to bring together people of varied backgrounds who can provide leadership in the delivery of humanitarian services and encourage ethical standards in all vocations.
He said that as a secular organisation that sought to build goodwill and peace in the world, Rotary was open to all people regardless of race, creed, religion, gender or political preference.
The District Governor, however, pointed out that Rotary clubs had a policy of classifying their members so as to know the expertise and resources available to them at any given time. Governor Gounon said it was imperative on clubs to make conscious efforts to attract certain professionals not on their membership list to enable them to have vast human resources. He stressed, however, that the willingness to give one’s resource is more important than one’s background.
The District Governor explained that Rotarian activities should fall under at least one of six areas of focus. These are peace and conflict prevention and resolution; disease prevention and treatment; and water and sanitation. The rest are maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development.
He commended the Rotary Club of Accra-West for initiating projects that fall under all the areas of focus for the Rotary year 2015-2016.
They include the provision of boreholes for five rural communities, distribution of insecticide nets, the provision of an ICT centre for a rural school and the distribution of books to three basic schools in selected deprived districts.
The club plans also to hold a public lecture on peace and conflict prevention and resolution during the year.
Asked whether the high profile background of Rotarians had contributed enough to the world, the Governor retorted, “Where would the world be without Rotary?”
He answered his own question by pointing out that a successful eradication of polio would save coming generations from losing over 10 million children to polio paralysis. “The contribution of 10 million able-bodied people to the world is something anybody would be proud of.”
The Rotary club of Accra-West is one of 35 Rotary Clubs in Ghana and 34,282 worldwide. Its 55 members are part of a global family of over 1.2 million.
Rotarian Amos Oppong Amankwah is the club’s president for the Rotary Year from July 2015 – June 2016
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