Five members of the Brue Valley Rotary Club are heading off to India on 21st February as volunteers to help immunise children under five against polio on National immunisation Day, 24th February 2013. India has been polio free since January 2011 and these NIDs help to ensure it stays that way.
On 24th February many of the 172 million children in India under the age of five will be immunised in special booths in Delhi, Badaun and Lucknow. Thousands of booths are set up enabling 100 – 350 children to be vaccinated in each one by teams of volunteers working in groups of three.
Carrying out these National Immunisation Days in India is a massive project which involves huge numbers of volunteers plus :
- 225,000,000 doses of polio vaccine
- 172,000,000 children under five vaccinated
- 2,500,000 vaccinators
- 2,000,000 vaccine carriers
- 155,000 supervisors
Rotary International made a pledge in 1985 to eradicate polio globally, and has been working with health organisations, and raised millions of pounds, ever since in order to achieve that aim. Today there are just 3 countries left where polio is still endemic, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
This huge project aims to immunise all children under five so that polio cannot be spread amongst the population, or from country to country, and we are very excited to be part of it.