The 110th Annual Convention of Rotary International was held in Hamburg, Germany from June 2nd till 5th, 2019, providing a networking and learning platform for hundreds of Rotarians, diplomats, NGO leaders and corporate guests.
Coca-Cola Pakistan has been the long-standing partner of PolioPlus Charitable Trust operating in Pakistan under Rotary International for polio eradication efforts as a part of ‘End Polio Now’ campaign. The partnership goes back to 2010 where
At the Rotary International Convention 2019 in Hamburg,
Besides Afghanistan and Nigeria, Pakistan is also on the list of polio endemic countries. “Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is a waterborne disease where the virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis. Poor sanitation and hygiene environmental conditions; contaminated water, malnutrition; low immunity and no vaccination against vaccine preventable diseases including zero Routine Immunization are the main causes of contracting polio. Lack of clean drinking water in many polio high risk areas is hard on the communities, where women and children have to trek to far out places to fill potable water for the families. Keeping in view, the dire need for clean water, the Pakistan National PolioPlus Charitable Trust (PNPPCT) Rotary International has been increasing effort in installing solar water filtration plants in high risk communities,” explained Aziz Memon, National Chair PNPPCT.
With a grant of US$ 280,000 by The
“Although the number of reported polio cases in Pakistan has sprung from 12 to 20 in 2019, this calls for serious damage control and a stronger integrated polio eradication drive. With administrative gaps, lack of social mobilization, negative propaganda through social media for vaccination refusals and lack of security for health workers, polio eradication is becoming a tougher battle every year. We need national and international support for first regaining trust amongst local communities that would directly reduce the polio vaccination refusal rate and help the locals get sensitized with the precautionary measures to prevent this paralyzing epidemic,” highlighted Fahad Qadir, Director PAC,
The installation of solar water filtration plants proved to be a useful tool to gain community confidence and allow polio teams in security compromised areas for vaccination of their children. The impact of safe drinking water not only gave confidence to the very community but its ripple effects, mobilized adjoining communities as well. During the last three years the project has gained good mileage in garnering support and confidence through these plants, in twelve locations, to address the provision of clean water and acceptance of the polio vaccine, where chronic refusals persists.
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