Bad news from Nigeria. After being polio free for over a year, two new cases of Wild Polio Virus Type 1 have been discovered in NIgeria. Countries need to go through 3 years of no polio cases to be declared “Polio Free.”
If you are a Rotarian and particularly one that is in charge of raising funds in your club or district, this outbreak shows why it is very important to keep educating people about polio. It is not enough to set up campaigns where you ask for donations in an intense month of giving as if ending polio was a game played by piling up numbers of whatever. Donor fatigue will set in and polio will end up coming back because donors will begin to think there really is no end in sight. EDUCATE!!!!!
The following link will take you to an article describing Rotary’s recommitting itself to end polio worldwide. CLICK HERE