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2012-10-18 15:23:00

'World's Biggest Commercial,' 'End Polio Now' album highlight humanitarian group's public outreach in support of global effort to end a crippling disease once and for all EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On World Polio Day (Oct. 24), Rotary International invites one and all to get online and participate in the World's Biggest Commercial, promoting the global effort to eradicate this crippling childhood disease. The innovative, interactive campaign gives everyone...

2012-09-27 06:26:47

NEW YORK, September 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New and Existing Donors Underscore Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to End Polio Forever In a display of solidarity, leaders from around the world today vowed to capitalize on progress achieved this year and to step up the fight to eradicate polio. Heads of state from Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan stood alongside donor government officials and new donors from the public and...

2012-09-27 02:26:49

Funding announcement to come during special UN General Assembly session to rally support for global eradication of crippling childhood disease EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International plans to contribute US $75 million over three years to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as part of a worldwide effort to close a $945 million funding gap that threatens to derail the 24 year-old global health effort, even as new polio cases are at an all-time...

2012-08-15 06:29:02

Ahead of the UN General Assembly, Evanston-based humanitarian group holds strategy session with members from around the world including Pakistan and Nigeria EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International aims to send a clear message to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly convening in September in New York: the world's governments must act swiftly and decisively if the crippling childhood disease polio is to finally be eradicated. To that end,...

2012-07-05 00:20:50

New, more effective vaccines are struggling to have an impact in the drive to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan because not enough children are being vaccinated, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal today. Sharp declines in vaccine uptake led to a rise in the number of new infections between 2006 and 2011, even though new vaccines introduced during this time have proven to be more effective against the main circulating strain of the virus. Poliovirus...

2012-05-24 02:27:34

New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress GENEVA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch an Emergency Action Plan. The plan aims to boost vaccination coverage in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio endemic countries, to levels needed to...

2012-05-24 02:25:02

EVANSTON, Ill., May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International, as a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, strongly supports the World Health Assembly considering a resolution that would declare polio eradication a global emergency for public health. Rotarians know that while recent progress against this disease gives the world the best opportunity ever to succeed, the consequences of failure are unimaginable - a true global health emergency. (Photo:...

2012-05-16 06:27:40

LOS ANGELES, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Medical Corps will immediately scale up its support to the government of Chad in polio eradication activities through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization will increase the availability of the polio vaccine and immunization services for targeted communities in eastern Chad; improve resilience to polio and other disease outbreaks through community education efforts; and strengthen the capacity...

2012-04-24 06:26:44

U.S. Government leads public sector support in reducing polio cases by 99% EVANSTON, Ill., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International will recognize seven members of Congress as Polio Eradication Champions on April 24, at the United States Capitol Building. Rotary established the Polio Eradication Champion Award in 1995 to honor heads of state and others who have made a significant global contribution to ending polio. Since the 1980s, the United States government...

2012-04-20 10:22:20

'Will model ourselves on your example,' USAID head announces at first-ever Rotary Day at the White House EVANSTON, Ill., April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citing Rotary's leadership in immunizing the world's children against the crippling disease polio, Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, the government's primary foreign assistance agency, said a new campaign to improve maternal and child health will follow the Rotary model. (Photo:...