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District Foundation Chair

Howard Svigals

Polio Plus ! 

One Cause Many Benefits.
When Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985, the “plus” signaled the belief that the polio eradication effort would increase immunizations against five other diseases prevalent in children: measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus. as time went on, the list of benefits grew. 

Would You Like to Help Eradicate Polio?

Any Rotarian can help in the efforts to eradicate the poliovirus once and for all by participating in a National Immunization Day event, and indeed many have!
National Immunization Days (NID’s) are mass immunization events held to assist the eradication of the poliovirus.  Many Rotarians from our own District 5020 have participated  in NID’s by initiating and organizing a group of fellow Rotarians to travel and immunize children against the poliovirus.   Clubs and Districts may provide support to Rotarians wishing to participate in NID’s and it is possible for Rotarians to join another District where a group has been formed to participate in a NID event. 
If you are interested in participating in a NID event, the complete global list of dates for NIDs can be found on World Health Organization's website: under Where We Work and then under Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) Calendar.
To learn about upcoming Rotary NID trips contact polioplus@rotary.orgTerry Toone or Gillian Carrigan can also put you in touch with Rotarians who have fulfilled their dream of participating in this tremendous effort to eradicate the poliovirus.