RESOURCE GUIDE TOP PRIORITY
5 TALKING POINTS
TO PROMOTE POLIO
Afghanistan and Pakistan are the
only remaining countries where
the transmission of the wild
poliovirus has never been stopped.
So if we are so close to eradicating
polio, why do we still need
$1.5 billion to finish the job?
As a club or district leader, you may
have heard some version of this
question from members of your
club or community. Given Rotary’s
status as one of the largest private
funders of the polio eradication
program, our organization’s
continued leadership is imperative
in these final stages. Below are five
talking points to use in explaining
to members of your club and
community why fundraising and
advocacy are as important now as
they’ve ever been.
To end polio, we need to focus our
efforts on reaching every last child
in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the
only remaining countries where
transmission of the wild poliovirus
has never been stopped. Both
countries require the support of
the global community to immunize
children who have consistently
been missed, and to conduct
campaigns. The biggest expense
in a vaccination campaign is not
the vaccine but its distribution,
including transportation and
At the same time, we must
continue to keep all other
countries polio-free, including
up to 60 that remain at high risk
either due to conflict, population
migration, weak health systems,
or other conditions. In August,
Nigeria reported two cases of wild
poliovirus, the first cases detected
since July 2014, and a sobering
reminder that countries need to
remain vigilant. A rapid response
plan has been put into place to
counter the outbreak.
Stepped-up surveillance is vital
to ensure that the virus is truly
gone from other parts of the world.
This means both checking every
report of acute flaccid paralysis
(the sudden onset of floppy arms
and legs) and testing water for the
poliovirus. Only one in 200 cases of
polio results in paralysis, meaning
that for every child with signs of
paralysis, a couple of hundred
are carrying the disease and may
not exhibit symptoms. Because
the poliovirus is most easily
detected and spread through stool,
researchers take samples from
sewage systems or from rivers
and open gutters in places lacking
sewage systems. Rotary and its
partners have developed a network
of 145 laboratories worldwide
that can identify the disease.
Detection activities will intensify
this year with additional medical
officers and environmental
Even after the final case of polio is
recorded, it will take three years
to ensure that it is indeed the
last case. So even if the last case
is seen this year, these programs
will continue to need funding and
volunteers until 2019, and that
carries a price tag of $1.5 billion.
Until we ensure eradication,
the risk of resurgence remains.
A global resurgence of the disease
could bring up to 200,000 new
cases a year within 10 years.
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