PolioPlus - District 9940

• In 1985, Rotary began the PolioPlus Programme.
• At the time there were 1,000 cases of polio per day equalling about
350,000 per annum.
• Since the PolioPlus program's inception:
– More than 2,000,000,000 children have received oral polio vaccine;
– Which has prevented more than 5,000,000 cases of paralysis; AND
– Prevented 250,000 paediatric deaths.
• But Rotary's work is incomplete as the disease has not yet been
– Today Polio is endemic in limited locations within four countries:
Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
Four key strategies for stopping poliovirus
Routine immunization
High infant-immunization coverage with four doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the first
year of life is critical. Routine immunization is essential because it’s the primary way that
polio-free countries protect their children from the threat of imported polio.
National Immunization Days
For decades, Rotary’s PolioPlus program has been one of the driving forces during National
Immunization Days, or NIDs.
Rotarians are involved in myriad ways before, during, and after an NID, by providing
funds for millions of drops of vaccine, promoting upcoming campaigns in the
community, distributing vaccine to local health centers, serving as monitors, working
with local officials to reach every child, and participating in surveillance efforts.
Rotarians play an important role in working with health workers, paediatricians, and others
to find, report, and investigate cases of acute flaccid paralysis in timely manner (ideally
within 48 hours of onset).
PolioPlus sometimes helps fund containers that preserve the integrity of stool samples
during transport to laboratories. The program has also played a leading role in providing
equipment for the global poliovirus laboratory.
Targeted mop-up campaigns
Rotary’s support of mop-up campaigns is similar to NID volunteering, but on a smaller, often
“house-to-house,” scale.
The most common form of the vaccine used in the
past has been the Trivalent Vaccine.
2. This provided broad protection against all three
types of Polio.
3. However recently a Bivalent vaccine (Type 1 and 3)
has been developed which is superior to the past
Trivalent vaccine.
4. The Bivalent vaccine is being used strategically in
areas where both types are prevalent and is proving a
very successful tool and showing dramatic results.
Rotary’s Polio Partners
Polio Eradication Partnership
World Health Organisation
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
US Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
The partnership was formed in 1988 when the 169 member states of the
World Health Assembly adopted a resolution to eradicate polio globally.
Rotary’s role in the initiative is the PolioPlus program and related activities.
PolioPlus is also supported by world leaders, for example:
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has helped the cause by participating
in a National Immunisation Day helping administrate the Polio vaccine as
well as helping to negotiate “Days of Tranquility” in war zones to allow the
immunisation programme to proceed.
Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge
To help complete the work of
the PolioPlus programme and
finally eradicate Polio the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation put a
challenge to Rotary by offering
two polio eradication grants
totalling US$355 million if
Rotary raised the balance
Rotary's US$200 Million
Challenge is the Rotary
Foundation's response to this
Every dollar given to PolioPlus
counts toward the $200 million
match, which must be
completed by 30 June 2012.
• As of 30 April 2010, Rotarians have raised about US$122.4 million for
Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge.
• These contributions will help Rotary to match $355 million in challenge
grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
• The resulting total of $555 million will directly support immunization
campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and
paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the
hardships faced by their families.
• As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world,
children everywhere remain at risk.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative Latest Update:
Total cases
Total in 2009
in endemic countries:
in non-endemic countries:
Outbreak and response in Tajikistan
•24 new cases from the western region of Tajikistan have been laboratory
confirmed, bringing the total number of cases for 2010 to 56. The country
continues to record a large spike in acute flaccid paralysis cases among infant
children. These cases are methodically being tested, and a further increase in
poliovirus case numbers can be expected.
•Tajikistan began its emergency outbreak response on 1 May, with NIDs
immunizing 1.1 million children under six. Preliminary reports suggest that the
immunization activity was of a reasonable standard.
•At least two immunization activities are also being planned for neighboring
Uzbekistan, immunizing 1.9 million children from 15 May, and from 1 June.
Kyrgyzstan is expected to conduct two SNIDs in May/June, focusing on the areas
bordering Tajikistan.
Polio in Endemic countries as at 12 May 2010:
India - cases on the decline
One new case was reported in the past week - a WPV3 case in Ferozabad - the first
case reported in the country for eight weeks. This is the most recent case, with onset
of paralysis on 21 April.
The total number of cases for 2010 is 20 (three WPV1 and 17 WPV3), compared to 40
at the same time last year (14 WPV1 and 26 WPV3).
Nigeria – cases on the decline
One new case was reported in the past week, a WPV1 case in Dange/Shuni, Sokoto.
This is the most recent case, with onset of paralysis on 18 April. Sequencing data is
currently being evaluated to determine the origin of the case.
The total number of cases for 2010 is three (1 WPV1 and 2 WPV3s), compared
with 243 cases at this time last year (64 WPV1, 178 WPV3 and one type-1/type-3
*Professor Christian Onyebuchi Chukwu has been confirmed as the new
Minister of Health. During his address to the Senate, Professor Chukwu, an
orthopaedic surgeon from Ebonyi
State and an active Rotarian, committed
to stopping polio transmission within 14 months.
Three new cases were reported in the past week, two WPV1s in NWFP, and a WPV3
in Balochistan. The WPV1 case in Lakki Marwat, NWFP, is the most recent in the
country, with onset of paralysis on 24 April.
The total number of cases for 2010 is 18 (seven WPV1s and 11 WPV3s), compared
with 12 cases at this time last year (six WPV1 and six WPV3).
Afghanistan No new cases were reported in the past week. The total number of cases for 2010 is
eight (one WPV1 and seven WPV3s), compared with seven cases at this time last year
(all WPV1). The most recent case (Nangarhar Province) had onset of paralysis on 8
THE GOAL - A world free from
• Fundraising Goal:
– US$200 million
by 30 June 2012
• Where we are now:
– US$122.4 million
• Great progress, so
let’s finally
Information for this presentation is taken from information provided by Rotary International.
“The Final Inch”
In the fight to eliminate Polio,
the last step is the biggest.
Challenge Grant Fundraising Ideas
Some ideas that have been successful for Rotary clubs and districts:
• Organize a purple pinkie project: Millions of children in polio-endemic
countries know that a freshly marked purple pinkie means freedom from the
disease. When members of your community make a small contribution to
PolioPlus, have Rotarian volunteers mark their pinkies with the same dye used
on National Immunization Days around the world. The purple pinkie will serve
as a personal symbol of helping one child become free from polio forever.
Celebrate a big day: Rather than exchanging gifts for a special occasion,
request that friends and family contribute to the challenge.
Hold a raffle: Raffle off a car, a seven-night cruise, or four tickets to a local
event, such as a basketball game or concert. Also consider holding weekly
raffles with prizes from area restaurants or businesses.
Skip a meal: Skip the meal at your club meeting and donate the cost to The
Rotary Foundation to help eradicate polio.
Host a Rotary night: Work with your local basketball league to host a Rotary
night at a ball game. Teams could help Rotary by a “shoot out for polio.”
Auction off a chance get a shirt signed by the team, shoot a half/full court shot,
and set up a booth at the game with information on Rotary and the challenge
Organize a walkathon, bike-a-thon, or skate-a-thon: Have Rotarians,
Rotary Fellowships, athletic groups, and other community members solicit
pledges for the distance they walk, pedal, or skate.
Coordinate an online auction: Ask Rotarians, friends, and family to search their homes for items they wish
to give away, including clothing, jewellery, furniture, and housewares.
Collect the goods, and list them for auction on trademe.
Plan a special event: Dinners, festivals, picnics, wine tastings, and sports competitions can all draw
contributions from Rotarians and other community members.
Sell a product: CDs, cookbooks, ties, teddy bears, and mugs are just a few of the items that have been sold to
raise funds for PolioPlus.
Hold a white elephant auction: After the holidays, ask club members to donate gifts they do not want or
need. Auction these items at a club or district meeting to raise money for polio eradication.
Collect coins for polio: Ask Rotarians, friends, and families to place coin collection cans or boxes in local
businesses, schools, and homes. Donate the proceeds to the polio eradication effort.
Coordinate a movie night: Work with local cinemas to organize a movie night in which all or part of the
proceeds from admission benefit PolioPlus. Publicize the event in the newspaper, on the radio, and in all area
Rotary clubs, and encourage everyone in the community to attend.
Host a million dollar dinner: Arrange a dinner with a district governor, Rotary senior leader, or local
celebrity. Invite guests who can make a significant gift to Rotary’s polio eradication effort.
A Project Approach:
How Australia has raised awareness
and funds to HELP END POLIO.
Australia Begins “Schools Ending Polio”
• Zone 8 - Australia unleashed their “Schools Ending Polio”
Campaign last month.
• The campaign included a media package sent to 10,000
primary and secondary schools across Australia.
• It is a great opportunity to spread the Polio message to the
younger generation of over 4 million students in Australian
schools as well as raise awareness of Rotary within the
From Concept to Plan:
• The Public Image Resource Coordinator for the Zone, Dick
Garner, had an idea on how Rotary could spread the
message of polio awareness through Australia’s schools.
• He approached the top rating Channel 9 TV news
presenter in Melbourne, Peter Hitchener, about his idea
and Peter, a supporter of Rotary, agreed to assist in the
• This led to a TV style newscast on Polio for schools by
school students.
From Plan to Support to Action:
• A primary and secondary school Principal were
approached; each agreed to have their schools take
part and for students from their schools to be the news
• Presenters were chosen by the Principals, scripts
distributed and the film studio booked.
• Primary and secondary school editions of the
newscasts were filmed. In both, Peter acted as a news
anchor and briefly introduces his two “junior”
reporters who go on to present their own news items
on polio.
From Support to Execution:
• The finished DVD includes:
– Both the primary and secondary schools newscasts;
– A quiz/teaching module based on the newscast content;
– A Polio poster;
– A copy of the comic book “The Polio Story”;
– Information on Rotary youth programs; and
– An invitation to find out more about Rotary membership.
• A mailer was designed and printed to hold a covering letter and
the DVD.
– Each mailer is decorated with Polio and Rotary images and is posted
direct to the schools.
– Rotary clubs are advised of the project and are asked to liaise with
their local schools to confirm they had received the mailing.
From Action to Results:
• Schools are encouraged to have an “End Polio Now”
casual dress day and to collect change for Polio.
• On the designated “End Polio Now” casual day, teachers
are encouraged to show the DVD and discuss it with the
students accompanied by an activity related to Polio.
• Dick Garner recognised the fund raising opportunity:
– “If we could get 25% of the students to donate $1.00 we would raise $1 million
• The campaign also helps school teachers, the younger
generation and their parents to learn more about Rotary
International and the work of the Rotary Foundation.
• With all proceeds donated to the Gates US$200 Million
“School’s Ending Polio” Campaign
District 9940 Polio Plus Project
“Pinkies for Polio”
Presented by Leanne Campbell
President – The Rotary Club of Hutt Valley