Why I am fundraising for The Rotary Foundation
Polio continues to paralyze in parts of the world & mainly affects children under 5. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs; and among those paralyzed, 5-10% die when chest muscles become immobilized & they can no longer breathe. Globally, we are more than 99% there! Unlike most diseases, polio CAN be eradicated. There are 3 strains of wild poliovirus, none of which can survive for long outside of the human body. If the virus cannot find an unvaccinated human host, it will die out. Type 2 was eradicated in 1999 & cases of Type 3 haven't been found since 2012. What's more, 1 dose of Oral Polio Vaccine can cost at little as 14 cents! Areas now declared polio-free include India (2011), Southeast Asia (2014) AND AFRICA ON AUG. 25, 2020! Two countries continue to struggle: Pakistan & Afghanistan, and polio can still spread to other countries with poor vaccination practices. Every child must be vaccinated, and so we give for children everywhere. THANK YOU!
Your donation helps Rotary reach every child with the polio vaccine.