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Rotary clubs blanket Brazil with polio and measles vaccinations

 Members help reverse trend of plummeting immunisations by reaching 11 million children

By Luiz Renato Dantas
 
 
Rotary clubs in Brazil mobilized to help stave off a potential polio outbreak after dangerously low vaccination rates were reported by health officials last year. More than 11 million Brazilian children were inoculated during a massive two-month vaccination campaign, reversing a trend of plummeting immunisation coverage. 
 
Brazil Rotary clubs held End Polio Now vaccination festivals, which included food, entertainment, local celebrities and games. The government said more than 300 cities in the country had low rates of vaccination against diseases such as influenza, measles, and polio. The Ministry of Health called the situation “extremely serious.” 
 
Measles were spreading in an outbreak that eventually sickened more than 1,500 people in Brazil. Health officials worried that poliovirus could also re-emerge. Brazil’s massive national immunisation campaign from 6 August to 28 September aimed to vaccinate at least 95 percent of children ages one to five.
 
The measles cases were concentrated in the northern states where thousands of Venezuelan refugees have crossed the border to escape economic and political hardships. Many haven’t been immunised, because Venezuela’s health system is in crisis. 
 
Rotary leaders in Brazil found the possibility that poliovirus could resurge frightening, said Marcelo Haick, a regional coordinator for Rotary’s End Polio Now initiative. They knew they had to help health workers reach the millions of children who might be vulnerable to the paralysing disease.
 
Melbourne will host the 2023 RI Convention!
 
It is with great excitement that we announce Melbourne as the host city for the 2023 Rotary International Convention, attracting over 20,000 delegates and the largest conference secured this century for Victoria. Thirty years since Melbourne hosted the same international event.
 
This is a Big Deal
 
Melbourne is a Big Events City! The global spotlight will be on Melbourne and how we present ourselves to the world.
 
The Convention will take place in late May 2023 using superb venues; Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne.
 
This is now a multi-district project initiated by RC Melbourne and D9800. A vital part of hosting is to have an engaged and energised volunteer team to assist all visitors during the Convention. So, “Save The Dates” 27-31 May 2023!
 
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Our 1.2 million member organisation started with the vision of one man – Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney founded one of the world’s first service organisations, the Rotary Club of Chicago on 25th February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, life-long friendships.

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If you haven't already seen we have launched the new Rotary Down Under APP in the Apple App Store and Google Play store. 
RDU content is now interactive and you can share stories online with your colleagues, potential new members, friends and family.
How to get the APP on your mobile or tablet device: 
1. DOWNLOAD Rotary Down Under from the App Store 
 
 
 
2. OPEN the app on your mobile or tablet device;
 
3. READ and SHARE Rotary success stories by email, Facebook and Twitter.
 
If you experience any problems please call 02 9633 4888 or email digitalenquiries@rotarydownunder.com.au
 
 
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