Polio Free India
End Polio Worldwide
Welcome to the Polio Free India site. This site has been made with one aim in mind - that is to make the World and India Polio free. India has already achieved 99% eradication and only a few pockets of Polio are left behind.
This is the final push to eradicate Polio from India and the world. Please Help in spreading the world and in donating some money. All money goes to Rotary International towards polio eradication.
We have collected around $4,000 USD till now and the list of donors is increasing day by day.
Here is a list of things you can do to help spread the word, and a host of reasons why you should help.
See the Rotary International Polio Eradication Campaign for their campaign.
See Guardian's Coverage of this event:-In a school courtyard in Lucknow on a dusty Sunday afternoon, the final push in a heroic campaign to drive a crippling disease from the planet is under way. Among scores of wide-eyed children, four-year-old Mohamed Yusuf is brought to the big wooden table under the yellow banners by his mother Afsar Jahan. Uncomprehending but compliant, he tilts his head back and opens his mouth to receive two drops of polio vaccine. His less fortunate sister Saba Banu, 12, comes across the open space to join them, strikingly beautiful in her bright blue sari, swinging her deformed limb this way and that on her crutches. Saba's right leg is stunted from polio, which she contracted when she was two.This campaign in the most densely populated state of India is intended to stop polio blighting other lives as it has Saba's. Nobody knows how long it will last, how much more effort will be required or whether, in the end, we will get there at all.In this country of desperate poverty and large families, disabled infants can be left in the rubbish or face a lifetime of begging on the street, but Afsar Jahan will not allow that to happen to Saba. "She has always gone to school," she says of her daughter. "I will give her the best education I can so she will be compensated." Like every other parent, she would like Saba to marry but she knows her daughter's prospects are damaged. Afsar Jahan helps spread the word about immunisation in her community. "I have suffered," she says. "Now I tell everyone, 'Please, do not make the same mistake.'"The Lucknow schoolyard is on the frontline in the war against a virus that regularly used to maim children in Britain. Calliper and crutches were a common sight in the 1950s, when the UK had 45,000 cases. The arrival of the polio vaccine in the 1960s wiped out the disease in developed countries and triggered a remarkable aspiration – to eradicate it from the world. The job was supposed to have been finished at the turn of the millennium, but nearly a decade and $7bn on, polio eludes us still. Last year, there were 1,500 cases in the world – a tiny fraction of the 350,000 in 1985, but a real and present danger not only in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan, where polio is still endemic, but also to other countries where migrants and travellers can so easily take it. The numbers have hardly shifted in five years. But can it be defeated now? In 1979, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared smallpox eradicated. But 30 years on, polio presents a different set of problems.
You can help making such changes and help in the final push in a heroic campaign to drive a crippling disease from the Planet.
“The 200 Million Dollar Challenge Grant”
The Mellinda and Bill Gates Foundation has so far donated 355 million dollars to Rotary Foundation for the eradication of Polio in the World.
In January this year, when the Gates Foundation donated 255 million dollars he challenged Rotary to donate another 200 million dollars for the eradication of Polio, making it by 30th June 2012. The Rotary Foundation has so far collected _______
This is the 200 million dollar challenge that we Rotarians have undertaken to eradicate Polio in the World. India still remains one of the four countries that harbours the Polio virus.
The money spent by Rotary Foundation on Polio Plus amounts to about Rs. 41,000 per Rotarian in India !!!. It means we Rotarians in India should be spending Rs. 41,000 per person which we are not doing. So the balance is met by Rotarians around the World.
Why should somebody pay to eradicate the disease in our country ?
What is our responsibility ?
We have 2 sides of the coin to tackle.
First - Be earnest and understand the Polio Eradication Programme.
Second - Create more money to tackle the disease from our own people.
Give the children of tomorrow the World free from Polio
You cannot say you are fatigued when it is a question of a child dieing.
EVERY CHILD COUNTS