Polio Survivors Fund Geneva Switzerland

PS plans to become a Patron donor in 2020-21 to the Polio Survivors Fund based in Geneva Switzerland.  More information will be coming shortly, but this is a private initiative set up by individuals working in polio eradication.  This group will be officially launched during the week of World Polio Day.  PS CEO Ann Lee Hussey will be a keynote speaker.

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Rotarian’s Primer

Just updated for 2020 including information about the new Novel Oral Polio Vaccine! Our pamphlet “A Rotarian’s Primer on Polio Eradication and Polio Survivor Support” has been written and edited by experts in the field to answer questions about these topics.  Please download a copy and distribute! Primer Revision 061620 Primer_revision_061620.pdf Version: 2020 1.4 MiB 57 Downloads Details Languages:English Platforms:Windows 8 Requirements:PDF Reader Date:June 16, 2020

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Continuing Partnership – Wheels of Hope

The Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group has an ongoing partnership with Wheels of Hope. Wheels of Hope is a unique 501 (c) 3 international leadership project of the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan, and a partnership agreement with The Naraguta Rotary Club located in Jos, Nigeria. This group is actively seeking contributions to give the gift of mobility and independence by providing a free wheelchair to polio survivors in the northern states of Nigeria, Africa. Your purchase makes an ideal gift, program honorarium, special recognition or congratulations—while providing mobility to Nigerian polio victims. This project will furnish all

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Ambassadors for Polio Survivors

The Ambassadors for Polio Survivors are a corps of knowledgeable members of Polio Survivors Rotary Action Group (PS RAG) who provide support for the goals of our group and of The Rotary Foundation. Among other things, they may help fellow Rotarians and the communities in which they live in the following ways: Provide speakers for club meetings and other events. Share information with others to deepen the knowledge of the challenges of the physically disabled which includes polio survivors within communities and regions. Provide local Rotarians with access to professionals worldwide who may address their district’s need for expert

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Survey of Rotarian Polio Survivors

The number one question we are asked is “How many Rotarians are polio survivors?” We are asking each club across the world to let us know how many survivors are in their club.  Please click here to fill out this quick form. We will tally the results and add a map to our site showing the results. Please encourage all survivors in your club to join The Polio Survivors & Associates Rotarian Action Group – click here to sign up.  There is no cost to join. We hope our Rotarian Action Group will be a place that polio survivors can

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Tell us about your projects

A Rotarian Action Group exists as a resource to help clubs and districts on service projects. What are you doing in your Rotary Club that focuses on helping people affected by polio? We want to post what you are currently doing and show others how they can become involved. If you want to do a project and need some help, please contact us! Make your submissions by commenting on this post. After reviewing, we will either post your comment or contact you for more information and feature you on our website and Facebook page.

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Wheelchairs in Yola Nigeria

A team of Rotarians, that included three members of the PSA board visited Yola, Nigeria in November 2017. The group traveled to help with polio immunizations in the area. They also gathered with local leaders and Rotarians to distribute more than 100 tricycle wheelchairs to polio survivors. The wheelchairs were provided through the generous contributions raised by team members prior to the trip. The gift of a US$150 tricycle wheelchair makes a significant change in the life of a polio survivor, providing mobility and restoring their dignity. Yola Nigeria is in the Eastern part of the country, south of

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The Life Skills Journey

A big post-polio conference being held in our country, just up the road in Sydney? You really want to go but … The event, organised by Polio Australia, was the 2016 Australasian-Pacific Post-Polio Conference with guest speakers, polio experts, coming from around the world. Chatting on Facebook, an American polio friend asked if I was going explaining she couldn’t manage the trip physically. I described my financial and physical limitations and she offered to fund me to attend, knowing I would share any worthwhile information widely. How could I resist? Three days in Sydney, rooming with a young Vietnamese-born

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Poliovirus Receptor (CD155) Expression in Pediatric Brain Tumors Mediates Oncolysis of Medulloblastoma and Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma

Poliovirus oncolytic immunotherapy is a putatively novel approach to treat pediatric brain tumors. This work sought to determine expression of the poliovirus receptor (PVR), CD155, in low-grade and malignant pediatric brain tumors and its ability to infect, propagate, and inhibit cell proliferation. CD155 expression in pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA), medulloblastoma, atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, primitive neuroectodermal tumor, and anaplastic ependymoma specimens was assessed. The ability of the polio: rhinovirus recombinant, PVSRIPO, to infect PXA (645 [BRAF V600E mutation], 2363) and medulloblastoma (D283, D341) cells were determined by viral propagation measurement and cell proliferation. PVR mRNA expression was evaluated in 763 medulloblastoma and

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Venezuela: PAHO on the suspected polio cases

From <http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/2018/06/venezuela-paho-on-the-suspected-polio-cases.html#> PAHO has published Epidemiological Update: Detection of Sabin type 3 vaccine poliovirus in a case of Acute Flaccid Paralysis. The situation summary: On 7 June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR) Regional Contact Point received an unofficial report on the detection of Sabin type 3 vaccine poliovirus in a sample of a Venezuelan patient with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP). The same day, a request for verification was sent to the Venezuela IHR National Focal Point (NFP). On 8 June, PAHO/WHO received updated information. The case is a 2-year-and-10-months-old child, with no history of vaccination,

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What is Post-Polio Syndrome?

From our archive – originally published in 2009 – Joan L. Headley, MS, Executive Director, Post-Polio Health International St. Louis, Missouri (director@post-polio.org) Post-polio syndrome is a new condition that affects the survivors of polio decades after the acute illness of poliomyelitis. The major symptoms are pain, fatigue and weakness. New weakness is considered the hallmark of post-polio syndrome. Less commonly, survivors may have new sleep/breathing/swallowing problems and some survivors may also experience muscle atrophy or muscle wasting. Criteria for Diagnosis The criteria for diagnosing post-polio syndrome have evolved over the last 20 years. The United States National Institute of Neurological

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In Memory – PSA Founder Ray Taylor

Ray Taylor, founder of Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group, died suddenly Feb. 16, 2016 after suffering two massive strokes. His work with polio survivors was so important to him and the way he reached out to be of help to one and all was his way of contributing to a better world. Ray was born May 4, 1924, contracted polio at the age of 9 months and spent most of his life trying to help those who had suffered the same fate. He was a most optimistic man who always saw the good in people an dmet each day

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Community-Based Rehabilitation

In a global sense, Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is the primary means by which disabled people in most countries of the world have any access to rehabilitation or disability services. The primary purpose is to ensure people with disabilities realize their rights and responsibilities and have the opportunity of leading lives with dignity.   A doctor examines a young polio survivor prior to surgery. Surgery will help straighten the leg, and it will then be immobilized in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks afterwards. A CBR would not only ensure that he will get help to stand, but will

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