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Enterprise Residents Assist in the Fight to Eradicate Polio

Posted by Enterprise Rotary Club Webmaster on April 3, 2013 at 12:15 AM

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (March 25, 2013) – Enterprise residents Chris and Toni Kaminski were part of a 28-member team from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France and the US Virgin Islands who recently traveled to India to participate in the global fight against polio. Many of the team members, including Toni, are Rotarians who are proud to share Rotary’s goal of global eradication of polio. Thanks to their efforts, worldwide eradication of polio is growing closer each day.

 

With over 350,000 cases of polio worldwide in more than 125 countries in 1985, Rotary International launched a polio eradication program that continues today. Since 1985, Rotary has worked through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help immunize more than two billion children and reduce the number of polio cases by 99 percent.

Once considered the epicenter of polio, India reported 741 polio cases, more than any other country in the world, as recently as 2009. However, through the collective efforts of the Indian government, non-government organizations, and private groups, India was declared a non-endemic country in January 2012. India aims to be declared polio free by January 2014 which would leave only 3 endemic countries in the world: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria where the virus has not been brought under control.

“Everyone in every country should realize that children all over the world are at risk of this dreaded disease until the whole world is polio free”, says Chris Kaminski. His wife Toni, president of Enterprise Rotary Club says, “Lack of education, misinformation and half-truths are the main hindrances remaining in the path of world-wide eradication.” Kaminski emphasizes that even though there have been no new cases reported in India in the last two years, there is still no room for complacency. She says, “India is a shining example to the world that the goal of polio eradication can be reached with the remarkable collective efforts of the government and Rotarians.”

The 28 member team worked in various towns in the state of Chandigarh during their visit to India. They worked booths set up for National Immunization Day as well as door-to-door efforts in slum colonies in Mauli Jagran, Manimajra and Bapu Dham. The Kaminski’s have contributed financially to Rotary International’s Polio Plus efforts for several years, but both felt moved to do more to better touch the lives of the children of India.

For more information about polio eradication efforts or the trip mentioned above please contact Toni or Chris Kaminski at 334-393-6224. To make a financial contribution in support of the eradication of polio, please send a check payable to Polio Plus to Enterprise Rotary Club, PO Box 310664, Enterprise, Alabama 36331.

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Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.

Enterprise Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at Enterprise Rotary Club. For more information, visit enterpriserotaryclub.org, follow us on Twitter (@epriserotary), or find us on Facebook.

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