In a world where various pressing humanitarian challenges continue to prevail, Rotary International—one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations—by way of one of its major corporate projects, has already managed to make a remarkable difference in the lives of the global community stricken by polio, said K R Ravindran, president of Rotary International. He was in Goa recently to recognize the work of the Rotary Club of Goa and Rotary international district 3170.
The goal was achieved thanks to a contribution of resources worth $11 billion, he added.
With noteworthy organizations such as UNICEF, CDC, WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation also working in collaboration with governments to vaccinate 2.5 billion children across 122 countries, polio is now on the brink of eradication. "Less than 370 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2014, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 % since the 1980's, a period during which the world saw 1,000 cases per day," Ravindran told TOI.
So far, only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan— haven't been able to contain transmission of the wild polio virus on account of geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure and armed conflicts.
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