“We Do Polio”

Ethiopia pic w:cliff
Cliff shown here making the world a better place, and reminding all of us how cool it is to be a Rotarian.

Back when dinosaurs walked the earth I played drums in a variety of commercial bands. When I played in small jazz groups we always used to say to the soloists, “Man, if you can’t say it in two choruses, then you just can’t say it.”  Well, the title of  Columbia Patuxent Rotarian, Cliff Feldwick’s,  recent article in the December Business Monthly, about his recent trip to Africa to immunize children against the wild polio virus, says it all.  “We Do Polio.”  “The Lions do glasses.  Shriners do hospitals.  Rotary does polio.”  Thank you Cliff!   And you said it in a lot less than two choruses.

To read the rest of Cliff’s fantastic article about his trip to Addis Ababa in the December Business Monthly, read his article We Do Polio.

And, if you are interested in the very latest, hot off the press, statistics that prove we really are “This Close” to achieving Polio eradication, here are the numbers, courtesy of Rocky Jacobs, Zone 33 Rotary Foundation Support Team and “Guru” of all things having to do with Polio eradication:

Total in endemic countries in 2013: 148 (compared with 216 for the same period in 2012)
Total in non-endemic countries in 2013: 224 (compared with 6 for the same period in 2012)

OFFICIALLY REPORTED WILD VIRUS CASES ON January 8, 2014 in Endemic Countries: Move to 148

Afghanistan: 12 cases in 2013 (compared with 37 for the same period in 2012)
Nigeria: 51 cases in 2013 (compared with 121 for the same period in 2012)
Pakistan: 85 cases in 2013 (compared with 58 for the same period in 2012)

OFFICIALLY REPORTED WILD VIRUS CASES ON January 8, 2014 in Importation Countries remain at 224.

Kenya: 14 case in 2013 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2012)
Somalia: 183 case in 2013 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2012)
Chad: 0 case in 2013 (compared with 5 for the same period in 2012)
Ethiopia: 6 case in 2013 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2012)
Cameroon: 4 Cases in 2013 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2012)
Syrian Arab Republic: 17 Cases in 2013 (compared with 0 for the same period in 2012)

I hate to quibble with Cliff, because he is in my Rotary Club and I can tell you from experience that he is a better quibbler than I am, but Rotary actually doesn’t “do Polio.”  We do “World Peace!”  Which is a good thing because I don’t want to get out of the Rotary business once polio is eradicated.  I know.  I know.  We should manage our expectations because this project will still take several years (more than two choruses) to finish. But…it is sure going to be a proud moment for all of us when we’re done,  won’t it?

 

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