Guest Speaker Carol Wells.
Carol is the Rotary District 6440 EPN (End Polio Now) Chair. Her talk subject was about Polio Eradication Effort.
Carol, with the aid of a slide show, went over End Polio Now efforts that took, and are still taking place as we speak; with the final goal to eradicate polio completely from the face of the earth. She ended her presentation with the statement "We are almost there.... but not quite yet".
Below is a background timeline of this vitally important project.
  • 1952 -  Worst year of polio infection with 57,000 cases in the US (3,000 deaths)
  • 1979 - Smallpox is eradicated worldwide and Rotary starts an international project to buy and deliver Polio vaccine to 6 million in the Philippines (The seed of an idea is born)
  • 1985 – Rotary pledges 120 millions to eradicate Polio – Largest coordinated support of a Public Health Institute
  • 1988 – Rotary, WHO, UNICEF and the CDC launch the Global Polio Eradication Institute
  • 2003/2008 – First and Second spillover of poliovirus from Nigeria into surrounding countries
  • 2014 – India was declared as polio free
  • 2015 – Nigeria was declared polio free
  • 2016 – 3 cases of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) reported in Borno State of Northern Nigeria