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June 9, 2016 - Craig Needham talks about Polio and Its Effect on Families 
 
Craig’s mom had polio and was confined to an iron lung for 13 years from 1949 to 1962.  He shared his recollections and insights about his mother’s struggles and acceptance of her condition.
 
And Now This after having had a Polio free India for many years. Hoping it turns out to be a false alarm.
 
Polio virus resurfaces in Hyderabad after 5 years
 
 

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government on Tuesday sounded a "global emergency" after an active strain of wild polio virus (P2 strain) was detected in a water sample collected from a drain, prompting it to airlift two lakh vaccines from Geneva to inoculate more than three lakh children in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district as a "preventive measure" from Wednesday.

Vaccine Derived Polio Virus (VDPV) strain has not been seen in the country for more than five years. While no case of polio has been reported so far, the strain, doctors said, must be contained as it continues to be reported in neighbouring countries and West Asia that are well connected with Hyderabad. The government said it's launching a massive vaccination programme as a preventive measure.

"The government has decided to conduct a special campaign against polio in Hyderabad and parts of Ranga Reddy from June 20 to June 26," said Rajeshwar Tiwari, principal secretary, health. He added that this wasn't the first time that the strain was traced. The wild polio strain was previously detected in Bihar, Gujarat, UP and even Delhi.

The strain was found in a sewerage sample taken from the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant on May 17, during routine surveillance after 30 samples were taken from various parts of the city. The earlier administered oral polio vaccine contained P1, P2 and P3 strains, but with the P2 strain of the virus not surfacing in a long time, the vaccines too did not contain the P2 strain.

"In this case, the P2 strain is vaccine derived. Someone vaccinated 10 months to a year back released the strain through stool. Such rare cases happen when a child's immunity is very low. To avoid such stray cases, that happens one in a million, the P2 strain is no longer given even in vaccines," said Dr G Srinivasa Rao, chief programme officer, National Health Mission, Telangana.

"We'll be following WHO-set standards during our programmes," he added. As part of the special campaign, children aged between six weeks to three years will be given additional doses of the injectable polio vaccine (IPV). Booths will be set up in areas being covered in these campaigns.

Officials said they would deploy monitoring teams to all these places, but there won't be any door-to-door vaccination campaign. Parents of children living in these areas will be encouraged to ensure their children get the IPV dose from the vaccine booth, which will provide additional protection against all types of polio.

The strain was found in a sewage sample taken from the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant on May 17, during a routine check after 30 samples were taken from various parts of Hyderabad

 
 

 
 
 
Charlie has just started a Twitter account for San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary.
 
If you use Twitter, please start to follow the San Jose Est/Evergreen Rotary tweets : 
 
Here is the address:  @east_sj
 
The more followers it has, the faster the network will grow. This networking will start to build the club's
reputation which could make it easier to do joint larger projects.
 
 

 
 
 
Final deadline to submit our auction items is Friday, June 10. It's easy to drop off items during the RC San Jose Silicon Valley's lunch meeting at the Bold Knight - on N. 1st Street between Mission and Hedding - parking in the back. No items will be accepted after June 10.
 
We did well with our club's participation in last year's partnership with the RC San Jose Silicon Valley in their annual Charity Auction.
We got 50% of our ticket sales and received $765.00. We received another check for $1,763.00 represented 75% of the "bought price" of the auction items we donated. That's a total of $2,528.00!
 
Let's raise the bar on that total with our participation this year. The Auction is scheduled on Saturday, June 18, 2016
at the Holy Family Community Center, 4848 Pearl Avenue (near Branham), San José, CA.
 
It's not too soon to start soliciting auction items. Look for updates on ticket sale information and the auction item delivery deadline.
An updated donation acknowledgment letter for you to present to vendors is available on the home page of our website.
 
 

 

FOLLOW OUR FULL CONVENTION COVERAGE

More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together in Korea to celebrate Rotary.
Photo Credit: Photo by Rotary International/Alyce Henson

Korea is playing host to Rotary's largest event of the year, its annual convention. More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together this month to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. The convention runs from 28 May to 1 June.

Attendees will hear from renowned experts in areas of peace, global health, and human rights.

Our full coverage will include photos, videos, a live blog, and social media pages

WORLD WATER SUMMIT

Immediately before the convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will host its annual World Water Summit on 27 May, focusing on sustainable strategies for bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to all communities around the world. The event will feature speeches from experts in the field, including Gary White of Water.org and Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for UNICEF.

3K WALK FOR PEACE

Attendees, wearing the traditional garb of their home countries, will walk in solidarity for a more peaceful world in the 3K Walk for Peace on 28 May. The event will be complemented by the Rotary Way exhibit, featuring photographs of 111 years of Rotary service.

CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Speakers from 29 May to 1 June include:

  • Rosie Batty, family violence activist and 2015 Australian of the Year
  • Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission
  • Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society
  • Willie John McBride, former rugby star
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Follow our full coverage

 
 

 
 
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Charlie Wasser and the New Board
First Meeting of the New Rotary Year
Jul 14, 2016
Darrel Cortez
Shop with a Cop
Jul 21, 2016
Laura Brekke
Peace Scholar Applicant
Jul 28, 2016
Yukio Shimomura
“My Two and Half Years Behind Barbed Wire”
 
 
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