June 24, 2022
Support for a Polio-Free Pakistan

Support for a Polio-Free Pakistan

Jun 24, 2022 | Polio Eradication Update

What is that Polio Picture?  Pakistan – Young cricket fans show their support for a polio-free Pakistan at a recent test match between Pakistan and Australia 

Did You Know? that there are 15-20 million polio survivors in our world? And that 60-75% are subject to having Post Polio Syndrome?

Trouble Years Later – According to diagnostic criteria developed by the March of Dimes, Postpolio Syndrome is new muscle weakness or decreased endurance that occurs in people with a history of paralytic polio, after partial or complete recovery from the infection and a long interval — typically 15 to 30 years — of stable functioning. The weakness comes on gradually, persists for at least a year, progresses slowly, and can be accompanied by fatigue, muscle wasting, and muscle and joint pain. Some patients also develop sleeping problems, breathing problems, and difficulty swallowing.

Vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) detected in environmental samples in London, UK

Today, the Global Polio Laboratory Network (GPLN) has confirmed the isolation of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV2) from environmental samples in London, United Kingdom, which were detected as part of ongoing disease surveillance.  It is important to note that the virus has been isolated from environmental samples only – no associated cases of paralysis have been detected.  Recent coverage for the primary course of DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB vaccination, which protects against several diseases including polio, in London suggests immunization coverage of 86.6%.  While this is a scary finding, it also points to the importance of high quality surveillance.

There is still time to support our Team Rotary RAAMs Polio as the amazing Kurt Matzler solo races his bicycle across the United States to support Rotary’s # 1 Priority – Global Polio Eradication.  FYI – he had ridden 2,152 miles and climbed 53,984 feet since he left the California coast Saturday afternoon. 


Thanks to all of you who made a donation to The Rotary Foundation’s Disaster Response Fund to support Ukraine.  Your funds will be used to help the over six million refugees fleeing their homes in Ukraine.  A total of over $15 million was donated by Rotarians worldwide prior to April 30, 2022.  Ninety Disaster Response Grants totaling $2.4 Million have already been distributed.

 A Win Against Polio is a Win for Global Health!

2022 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Case Total – 202 Afghanistan – 43, Chad – 5 (0 in 2021), DR Congo – 63 (28 in 2021), Israel – 1, Madagascar – 5 (12 in 2021), Mozambique – 1 (2 in 2021), Niger – 2 (17 in 2021), Nigeria – 26 (415 in 2021), Pakistan – 8, Somalia – 2 (1 in 2021), Togo – 1, Yemen – 45 (64 in 2021).

New Polio Cases & Samples This WeekBurkina Faso – 1 cVDPV2 Sample, DR Congo –  15 cVDPV2 Cases, Madagascar – 2 cVDPV1 Samples, Pakistan – 2 WPV1 Cases, Yemen – 5 cVDPV2 Cases.

2021 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases -689 in 22 Countries.  

2020 Circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Cases – 1,113 in 26 countries in 2020.

Quote of the Day

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

Desmond Tutu

The Final Two Polio Endemic Countries:




as of 6/25/2022

2 new Polio cases were reported this week.
8 Wild Polio cases - 2022 (1 Wild Polio case, 2021). The most recent case had an onset of paralysis on 5/1/22.
84 Wild Polio cases - 2020.
1 WPV1 or cVDPV2 Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Pakistan.




as of 6/25/2022

0 new Polio cases reported this week.
1 Wild Polio case - 2022, (4 Wild Polio cases, 2021). The most recent cases had an onset of paralysis on 1/11/22.
56 Wild Polio cases - 2020.
0 WPV1 & CVDPV2-Positive Environmental Samples were reported this week in Afghanistan.

Our Goal is Global Polio Eradication!!

Terry Ziegler, Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser Rotary Region 36

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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