This Is How Nigeria Beat Polio | TIME

A quarter-century campaign brings the world tantalizingly close to eradicating a disease It’s easy not to notice a negative. A house burns down on your block and it’s all you can talk about. But a house doesn’t burn down? Where’s the news? Still, absence can be the stuff of headlines, and that fact has rarely […]

Nigeria to eradicate polio totally in 2017 – FGPress Examiner

Though hitting the milestone on Friday, it will take two years of monitoring before Nigeria, the last African polio-endemic country, can be certified as free of the virus, Melissa Corkum, chief Nigeria polio spokeswoman at the United Nations Children’s Fund, said in an interview from the nation’s capital, Abuja. The Executive Director of the National […]

Nigeria celebrates one year with no reported cases of polio – The Globe and Mail

Once stigmatized as the world’s polio epicentre, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumours the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims. Just 20 years ago, this West African nation was recording 1,000 polio cases […]

Europe ten years polio-free

By Urs Herzog, past governor of District 1980 (Switzerland) and a polio survivor This week marks ten years since the World Health Organization certified the European region polio-free. As a Rotarian and a polio survivor, I celebrate how far we’ve come, and recognize the work that still lies ahead to make sure no child suffers […]

What makes polio an emergency?

On the 25th of May, the World Health Assembly declared polio a programmatic emergency for global public health. The Global Poverty Project interviewed Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general at the World Health Organization (WHO)Why now?Three things were driving the ministers of health of the world in declaring polio an emergency: first – on a positive note […]

Poem by Richard L. Daggett

Richard Lloyd Daggett; 1954; Rancho LosAmigos, Los Angeles , California These are my braces, They set me free But these are my braces, They are not me. Without my braces, I sit in my chair Without my braces, Life is not fair. But, put on my braces, And I’m just like the others. Put on my […]

Rotary clubs to host polio awareness dinner

What a great idea to start something like this in your community! He was the first of 27 in Midland to catch polio in the year 1948. Donald DeVore said he had spent the summer with his father in Lorenzo and a lot of time in swimming pools while there. That’s where he believes he […]

Kano Skate Soccer team project

The Kano Polio Victims Trust Association of Kano, Nigeria supports two soccer teams made up of polio survivors.  The Polio Survivors RAG purchased soccer uniforms for these teams in 2008.  These were the first uniforms ever owned by team members.  The joy and pride is evident in the photos shown.  They are a remarkable group […]