Going purple for a great cause
From Melodie Beevers.
Polio has no cure. It is a crippling and potentially fatal disease and children are at the greatest risk. There is no cure, but there is prevention. For about 50p a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
The purpose of Purple Pinkie for Polio Day is to twofold: to raise the funds needed to finish the job of eradicating polio, and to raise awareness about the seriousness of this disease. Polio has been eradicated in all but two countries. If polio isn’t eradicated, the world will continue to live under the threat of this crippling disease.
Purple dye is used on a child’s left hand finger to indicate they have been immunised against Polio. Hence ‘purple pinkie’
This week, Rotarian Peter Wells, District Officer for End Polio, himself a victim of childhood polio, will join us for breakfast and update us the latest news about the Rotary Initiative ‘End Polio Now’. To acknowledge Purple Pinkie day members were invited to wear something purple. The Club has been raising funds for Polio Eradication for over twenty years and is now engaged in supporting the final push to end Polio throughout the world.
We also planted purple crocuses planted in various public places in the Autumn around the Swindon area, bought and planted by club members, friends, and school children with all the funds going to the End Polio campaign.
Could 2018 See the End of Polio?
Could 2018 finally be the year polio is eliminated as a global health concern?
Since launching its anti-polio campaign, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), in 1979, Rotary International, along with partners such as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organisation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has reduced the number of cases of the infectious disease worldwide by 99.9%.
But will it be enough to render an end to the disease?
The stated goal of the organisations engaged in the fight has been to bring the total global cases of Polio to zero by the end of 2018, but not all of the recent news has been good. Last June 2017, 17 children were left paralyzed in Syria as a result of the disease. The outbreak in Syria was linked to the polio strain previously identified in Pakistan.
That the global health leaders are even able to mention the words “polio” and “eradication” in the same breath is remarkable—and that it could happen within the coming year is even more so.
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