Rotarians from around the world are preparing to head to India in January to take part in a National Immunisation Day for polio.
The Indian Government has announced that January 19th will be the day of action with the aim of ‘Keeping India Polio-Free’.
Ten years ago, India constituted over 60% of all global polio cases. However, in 2014, India was officially declared polio-free, along with the rest of the South-East Asia region.
Indian Rotarians are once again asking for foreign volunteers to help them on January 19th and also in the days following.
Although India is polio-free, there is a need to supplement the recently introduced injectable polio vaccine.”
Rotarians in America are organising a team, and a similar team is being organised for Great Britain & Ireland.
that day and also participate in the house to house mop up operation on the following day or possibly two days. I know already that U.S.A. Rotarians are organising a team.
Mike Yates has organised 22 groups of Rotarians from these isles who have flown to India for the National Immunisation Days since 2006, involving a total of 1651 volunteers.
Delhi and Amritsar are the two cities which are being targeted, working in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan and the Rotary Club of Amritsar Midtown.
Mike Yates said: “Although India is polio-free, there is a need to supplement the recently introduced injectable polio vaccine to ‘Keep India Polio Free’.”
If you are interested in getting involved, then email, Mike Yates.