PLENARY SESSION III
Monday, February 16
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
“KEY ROTARY ISSUES FOR 2004-2005″
PDG Carol Wylie, Panel Chair ; PDG Bill Sergeant–”Polio Eradication & the Future”; PDG Bill Cadwallader, “Literacy” Moderator; PDG Steve Brown;
PDG John Nugent; PDG Werner Schwarz
“Polio Eradication and the Future”–PDG Bill Sergeant
History of Polio Cases:
* 1988–estimate 350,000 cases in 125 countries; 2003–approximately 720 cases in six countries, down from 1,900 cases in 2002.
* 2003 situation–most of the cases were in three countries (Nigeria–50% of the cases, but 75% were located in only five states; India–cases concentrated in one area; and Pakistan.) The other three countries were Afghanistan, “EJA”/Africa, and Egypt–one case.
* In 1988, 10% of the world’s children lived in polio free countries–in 2003, the 10% increased to 70% of the countries being polio free.
* The original objective of the polio free program was to “immunize” children from polio and other diseases. When “WHO” joined the effort in 1988, the objective was changed to the “Eradication of Polio” in the world.
* During the years of major PolioPlus Program efforts in the late 80’s and 90’s, many countries that were struggling with major conflicts were very cooperative and supportive of the program.
Rochester Poets – Free Speech Zone
These photographs are from Free Speech Zone poetry readings hosted at the Tango Cafe by the Rochester Poets every Tuesday at 8PM ET.
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