“With end to polio in sight, vaccination gets creative”. Could the world be about to eradicate polio? Only 17 cases were diagnosed in 2016 and they were all in two countries with the last hard-to-reach corners: Afghanistan and Pakistan. The public health groups trying to put the squeeze on polio have started to get more creative in their last push. The latest: Turning Vaccination into a Circus.
The Club's R100 Committee led by Hugh Bucknall was asked to look at how our Club could celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia. Chris Wang described how the idea of an International Project was developed in a most unique way via the question - Why not seek support from the other three Clubs chartered in 1921 - Sydney, Wellington & Auckland to create a truly Australasian International Project?
All Clubs enthusiastically embraced the idea, a selection process was established and so we have the project: "Give every Child a Future"
In September 2017, the International PolioPlus Committee provided this latest update on the eradication of Polio:
1. The goal of the PolioPlus program:
The goal of the PolioPlus program is the global certification of polio eradication. By eradication, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Commission on Certification and Rotary mean the interruption of the transmission of all polioviruses.
The attached update from Disaster Aid Australia identifies the many Projects Rotary International and our Club are supporting around the world. Read on as to how you can "Make a Difference" by supporting Rotary International. Disaster_Aid_Australia_News_Updates_Spring_2017.pdf
Rotary Donations in Kind Store (DIK) Footscray. This Rotary created warehouse is a hub for collecting goods donated in bulk such as hospital beds and equipment, and school desks for charitable purposes. Rotary volunteers support DiK store by helping to sort and load containers for shipment to local and off-shore projects.
For more information on how to become involved, contact the club office.
Rotary is now accepting applications for the world competitive Rotary Peace Fellowships program. The application deadline for submissions through local rotary clubs in District 9800 is to the District Chair, Rob Helme, by April, 2018.
Of recent years, the Rotary Club of Melbourne has followed the Rotary International area of focus strategy of clean water and sanitation as the best means of assistance to people in under resourced communities. This has been with the partnerships, and assistance of financial grants, from District 9800 and the Rotary Foundation.
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