End Polio Now
According to the CDC, polio is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing potential paralysis. Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death. Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe. Even children who seem to fully recover can develop new muscle pain, weakness, or paralysis as adults, 15 to 40 years later. This is called post-polio syndrome. Once a worldwide epidemic, this disease is now restrained to just two countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan.
To understand where we are in the fight against polio, we have to understand where we’ve been.
-When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began, polio paralyzed more than 1000 children worldwide every day.
-More than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio thanks to the cooperation of more than 200 countries and 20 million volunteers
-This initiative has been backed by an international investment of more than US$ 11 billion–spearheaded by Rotary International in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Our progress? Of the 3 types of wild poliovirus (type 1, type 2 and type 3), type 2 wild poliovirus transmission has been successfully halted since 1999. More than 15 million people are able to walk today, who would otherwise have been paralyzed. An estimated 1.5 million childhood deaths have been prevented, through the systematic administration of vitamin A during polio immunization activities.
We are *this close* to ending Polio. Join Cal Rotaract and Rotary International in this final push to create a polio-free world. When Rotary International decided it would take on Polio Eradication as its central initiative in 1985, the disease was still crippling tens of thousands each year.
To combat polio at this complex and micro equivalent level, our cause requires the same, if not more dedication and commitment by volunteers and donors than before. For this cause, we urge you, as privileged members of an international community, to give back to those who do not have the luxury of infant vaccines as we do. Please, donate today towards this campaign to make a lasting difference in the world, and make your first step towards a polio-free planet.
Please also note that all proceeds from this fundraiser will be pooled with Cal Rotaract’s annual End Polio Now 5K fundraising proceeds, which will then in total be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before being applied to Rotary’s vaccination administration organization: Polio Plus. ($10 becomes $30).
EPN 5K welcomes everyone to walk/run in solidarity with Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Cal Rotaract in creating a polio-free world.
All proceeds from event registration will be pooled with Cal Rotaract’s End Polio Now 5K gofundme donations, which will then in total be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation before being applied to Rotary’s vaccination administration organization: Polio Plus. ($15 becomes $45). Your monetary contribution will fund the necessary polio immunization vaccines and surveillance efforts, making a global impact and protecting children against polio forever.
Polio is an infectious, crippling and a potentially deadly disease. The virus can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord which can lead to permanent paralysis and death. Because polio spreads person-to-person, vaccination is the best way to protect oneself and prevent the disease from spreading.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the number of polio cases has plummeted by more than 99.9% from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed as of Sept. 19, 2016. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.