Speaker Meeting 1st August 2016

Greg Maskalick - Polio Eradication Update

Greg administering the polio vaccine on his trip to India earlier in the year

Rotarian Greg Maskalick updated his fellow members on current progress on the global eradication of Polio at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook on Monday 1st August.

In his introduction Greg covered where we are and where we are going along with the history of progress since Rotary, along with other partners, commenced this challenge in 1985. In that year Polio was in 120 countries and is now in just 2 and the number of annual cases has been reduced by 99.9%

There are three strains of Polio with strain type 2 gone in 2000 and type 3 in 2012 and therefore type 1 still remains. In 2014 Nigeria had no cases reported and therefore after a further three years with no cases they will be Polio free. This just leaves two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, with Polio.

As of 27th July this year there had been just 19 cases in Pakistan and 6 in Afghanistan which compares well to the same time last year of 34 in total.

Greg, who had been part of a massive immunisation team in February this year in India, will be returning again early next year. He spoke in detail about what needs to be done to complete this humanitarian project which included the global funding gap and his thoughts of when the world will be Polio Free.

The Church Wilne Rotary Club will be holding a special meeting on World Polio Day on Monday 24th October with details to follow shortly.

The message left by Greg that night was "Yes we CAN do it"

Polio eradication in action

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Andy Cartwright who in his thanks said that our founder Paul Harris had once said "We will be remembered for what we DID and not for what we planned to do" and in thanking Greg said "we can't stop until the world is completely Polio Free"

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


25th July 2016

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