December 10, 2020
a child's finger marked to indicate being vaccinated in Chad

Child’s finger marked to indicate being

Dec 10, 2020 | Polio Eradication Update | 0 comments

Dear Polio Eradication Warriors,


No new Wild Polio cases reported this week.

What is that Polio Picture?  This Polio picture shows a child’s finger being marked to indicate that this child was vaccinated in Chad.

A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

How Many Children have we saved from the paralysis of Polio?
That number has now reached 20 Million! That’s a number to celebrate and to share!

The Polio Good News: WHO thanks Spain for their exceptional contribution of 100,000 Euros to Polio eradication efforts. 

And – Aidan O’Leary has been appointed to be the new WHO polio eradication director.  Mr  O’Leary will assume the responsibilities of Director for Polio Eradication at WHO, effective January 1, 2021. Mr O’Leary will succeed Mr Michel Zaffran, who will enter a well-deserved retirement end-February 2021.  Mr O’Leary is from Ireland and is currently Head of Office in Yemen for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). He has served as the Chief of Polio Eradication in Pakistan for UNICEF and spent three years working in Afghanistan (between 2011 and 2014) as Head of Office, OCHA.  He has extensive experience in emergency settings, including in Iraq and Syria, where he also held the position of Head of Office for OCHA.  

Now that we are down to the final two Wild Polio Endemic countries, I will be listing the 16 reasons we need to End Polio in Pakistan (from  # 15 – Global Polio Eradication would be history’s greatest public health achievement.  Reaching our goal would save 500,000 children from the paralysis of Polio each year Forever!  And it would, no doubt lead to additional major health initiatives.

2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 773Afghanistan – 160 (0 in 2019), ,Angola – 3 (129 in 2019),Benin – 1 (8 in 2019), Burkina Faso – 49 (1 in 2019), Cameroon – 7 (0 in 2019), CAR – 4 (21 in 2019),Chad – 89 ((10 in 2019),China – 0 (1 In 2019), Congo – 1,    Cote d’ Ivoire – 68 (0 in 2019),DRC – 68 (86 in 2019),Ethiopia – 21 (11 in 2019),Ghana – 11 (18 in 2019), Guinea – 29 (0 in 2019), Mali – 28, Malaysia – 1 (3 in 2019), Myanmar – 0 (6 in 2019),  Pakistan – 110 (22 in 2019), Papua New Guinea – 0 (0 in 2019).  Niger – 8 (1 in 2019),Nigeria – 4 (18 in 2019) Philippines – 1 (16 in 2019), Somalia – 13 (3 in 2019), South Sudan – 22 (0 in 2019), Sudan – 46,  Yemen – 19, Togo – 9 (8 in 2019),Zambia – 0 (2 in 2019),

361 Vaccine Derived Polio cases were reported in 2019.

Quote of the Day

Every individual matters.  Every Individual has a roll to play.  Every individual makes a difference.”  –  Jane Goodall

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:





0 new Polio cases reported this week.
82 Wild Polio cases – 2020. The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 10/22/20.
147 Wild Polio cases – 2019. Five Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.




0 new Polio cases reported this past week.
56 Wild Polio cases – 2020. The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 10/02/20.
29 Wild Polio cases – 2019.  No Polio-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 26

By PDG Scott McLaughlin

District Governor 2019-2020
PDG Scott is currently serving as an Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 29 (Region 36). Scott is a member of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donor.Scott is a Rotarian in the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club of Kearney, NE

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