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04-25-2015, 09:33 AM
From the Program that the Rotary Club started in 1979 IIRC.

Now if the Taliban would let the remaining children be vaccinated.
The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (http://www.polioeradication.org/). The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa.
In 2014, the world saw significant progress against polio in most places. Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – saw a nearly 90% reduction in cases in 2014 over 2013, with the last case recorded six months ago. In addition, more than half of the world’s polio cases in 2013 were the result of outbreaks in previously polio-free countries, largely caused by instability and conflict in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Somalia. These outbreaks appear to have been stopped in 2014 following special vaccination efforts in 11 countries, reaching more than 56 million children.
The exception to this progress was Pakistan, which saw an explosive outbreak which resulted in more than 300 cases in 2014, the highest number in the country in more than a decade. As a result, Pakistan accounted for almost 90% of the world’s cases in 2014. In 2015, Pakistan has the opportunity to reverse that trend and in doing so, help the world end polio forever.
The progress made against the disease in 2014, while significant, is fragile. Rotary’s funds will support efforts to end polio in the three countries where the disease has never been stopped: $8.1 million in Nigeria; $1.1 million in Pakistan and $6.7 million in Afghanistan.
Additional funds will support efforts to keep other at-risk countries polio-free. The grants include $1.6 million, Cameroon: $2.5 million, Chad; $3.3 million, Democratic Republic of Congo; $1.1 million, Ethiopia; $250,000, Kenya; $2.8 million, Niger; and $7 million, Somalia. In addition, grants totaling $321,000 will provide technical assistance in Africa.


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Afghan Taliban bans polio vaccination teams from southern Helmand

Development marks attitude change of militants, who previously allowed medics into region but now suspect them of spying

(http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/08/afghan-taliban-bans-polio-vaccination-teams-southern-helmand-province#img-1) An Afghan health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child. Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesEmma Graham-Harrison (http://www.theguardian.com/profile/emma-graham-harrison) in Kabul
Tuesday 8 July 2014 13.00 BSTLast modified on Friday 3 October 201411.15 BST

The Taliban (http://www.theguardian.com/world/taliban) has banned polio vaccination teams from southern Helmand because it suspects them of spying for the government at a time of heavy clashes with government forces, the insurgent group said in a statement on its website.
The announcement is a worrying development, because although Taliban groups across the border in Pakistan have attacked and killed polio vaccinators for years (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/pakistan-polio-busters-disease-terrorist-opposition), their Afghan counterparts have mostly supported, or at least tolerated, international efforts to wipe out the disease.
The last time polio vaccinators were blocked from part of Afghanistan, the insurgent group denied any role (http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/refdaily?pass=463ef21123&id=51402c9b8) and said it supported efforts to stop the disease.
Afghanistan is one of just three countries, along with Pakistan and Nigeria, where polio is still endemic. There has been a rise in cases this year, with seven reported so far compared with just three for the same period of 2013, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (http://www.polioeradication.org/Infectedcountries/Afghanistan.aspx).
The group said Helmand has been off limits to vaccinators since February, but did not give a reason. The southern province has seen fierce fighting between insurgent and government forces in recent weeks, and the Taliban's statement was the first indication it had chased out polio eradication teams.
"We have stopped vaccination in Helmand for the moment," the Taliban said in a statement posted on its website this week. "The vaccinators were also collecting information about the Taliban and Taliban commanders, they were spying."
The statement said they had asked UN officials for talks but received no response; the UN's humanitarian arm declined to comment when asked about the ban.
Health (http://www.theguardian.com/society/health) workers often negotiate access to difficult areas through village elders, and most Afghans are keen to protect their children from a disease which can kill or paralyse. The Taliban's accusation that vaccinators were working as spies is a worrying new sign of hostility to efforts to wipe out the disease.
But there have for years been fears that the Pakistani Taliban's opposition to polio vaccination campaigns, which militant leaders have banned at least three times since 2012, could influence Afghan groups.
The CIA's decision to set up a fake vaccination programme as part of its hunt for Osama bin Laden fuelled militant suspicion of the global project to eradicate polio. The White House has since promised that the US will never again use vaccination programmes as a cover for spying (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/20/cia-vaccination-programmes-counterterrorism).

Most polio cases in Afghanistan (http://www.theguardian.com/world/afghanistan) are believed to be the result of infections brought across the Pakistani border, but Afghans are still vulnerable because in some areas only two-thirds of children are immunised.

04-25-2015, 05:17 PM
Your post says it all RP. It's all about power and influence over the uneducated, as usual.

04-25-2015, 05:46 PM
Your post says it all RP. It's all about power and influence over the uneducated, as usual.

Rotary - who BTW do not take a cut, it is all voluntary work - started the project to help humanity get rid of Polio world-wide.

They do not charge the recipients.

How do you work out that "It's all about power and influence over the uneducated, as usual" ? :confused: