Posted by Darcy Frunchak
 
Riverview Rotary Pints For Polio & More!  A Resounding Success!
 
Darcy Frunchak, Riverview Club President, began the evening by outlining the impact of Riverview Rotary and its members have on the local Edmonton Community and its International reach to those in need. Wayne Kauffman presented the history of Polio and the fight to eradicate polio over the decades and Dr. Mikolaj Raszek, CEO of Merogenomics, a genome sequencing company, presented interesting information on the virus, tracking the virus, how it spreads, the logistics of vaccinating millions and consequences.
 
 
Riverview Rotary Pints For Polio & More!  was a Riverview Rotary Club Fundraising Event to End Polio Now! The event was held on November 29, 2019, at the BIERA - Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, 9570 76 Ave NW, Ritchie Market, Barrel Room, Old Strathcona. Thank you to Greg Zeschuk of Blind Enthusiasm. the Barrel Room was the perfect setting for an evening of fine food and drinks.  The event included a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Rotary's Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.
 
Darcy Frunchak, Riverview Club President, began the evening by outlining the impact of Riverview Rotary and its members have on the local Edmonton Community and its International reach to those in need. Wayne Kauffman presented the history of Polio and the fight to eradicate polio over the decades and Dr. Mikolaj Raszek, CEO of Merogenomics, a genome sequencing company, presented interesting information on the virus, tracking the virus, how it spreads, the logistics of vaccinating millions and consequences.
 
Polio is an infectious disease, contracted predominantly by children, which can lead to the permanent paralysis of various body parts and can ultimately cause death by immobilizing the patient’s breathing muscles. No cure exists for the symptoms, but in the 1950s effective vaccines were developed and have been used around the world since then. This allowed some richer countries to eliminate the disease entirely in the 1960s and 70s. But large outbreaks continued around the world and in the 1980s the estimated global number of paralytic cases was over 350,000 per year and the disease was still prevalent in 125 countries. As a response, the “Global Polio Eradication Initiative” (GPEI) was founded in 1988 to fight the virus’s spread and disease burden with a global vaccination campaign. Since then the world has made rapid progress against the disease and until 2016 the number of paralytic cases was reduced by 99.99% with 42 cases in that year worldwide. As of 2019, the virus remains in circulation in only two countries in the world – Afghanistan and Pakistan – and it is hoped that the disease will soon be eradicated globally. Today there are 79 cases of polio in the world and the fight continues.