Major breakthrough in polio eradication campaign!
In Pakistan, after 5 years without vaccination, 42,000 children have been vaccinated and it is expected that a further 80,000 will follow. This is great news as it is occurring in area that is a key problem in the fight against Polio.
Top Islamic scholars from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan and Nigeria issued a decree in mid June declaring the use of polio vaccine as fully permissible under Sharia, saying it did not contain any harmful ingredients. It is hoped that this will be taken on board by tribal leaders in northwest Pakistan.
It is important to note that of the total cases reported this year (112); 88 have come from Pakistan.
Today, Ray Martin, District 9820 Rotary Foundation Chairman today announced this interesting, and very positive, developments regarding the eradication of Polio.
For those wishing to learn more about Rotary’s fight against polio a great article appears at: http://bit.ly/1ofxEvR
Birthing kits saving mums and babes...
During 2013 our Rotary Club made a donation to Zonta Club of Mornington Inc to fund Birthing kits.
Alao Ladi, the Kwara State Coordinator and Acting National Coordinator of SMI projects in Nigeria thanks Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) and says:
On behalf of Sweet Mother International and our entire community, I am expressing our profound appreciation for the generous donation and we look for forward to a continued partnership with your organisation."