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USA: Michigan: Pies for Polio coming to Midland Oct. 24 | Midland Daily News.

[Friday, October 16, 2020]

Midland Rotarians display painted finger nails, which were part of last year's polio fundraising campaign. (Photo provided)

Midland Rotarians display painted finger nails, which were part of last year's polio fundraising campaign. (Photo provided)

Kate Hessling writes:

There’s a delicious way to join the fight against polio, thanks to a partnership between Midland Rotary and the Grand Traverse Pie Company. The Pies for Polio will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, in Midland.

Grand Traverse Pie Company will donate proceeds from their pie sales to help The Rotary Foundation eliminate polio throughout the world.

Offers include:

• $1 donated per slice of pie.

• $2 donated per whole pie.

• Donors can purchase a pie to donate to a local nonprofit, like Midland’s Open Door, Hidden Harvest and/or Shelterhouse. These pie donations will be delivered by Rotarians.

The Rotary’s polio efforts help fight other diseases in the following five ways:

1. The Cold Chain: The polio vaccine must be kept cool, or it risks losing its effectiveness. The cold chain system — made up of freezers, refrigerators and cold boxes — was developed to allow polio workers to store the vaccine and transport it over long distances in extremely hot weather. A measles immunization program now relies on the same system.

2. Microplanning: A critical component in immunizing more children against polio in remote regions is microplanning. A microplan allows health care workers to identify priority communities, address potential barriers, and develop a plan for a successful immunization campaign. Microplanning is now used to increase rates of vaccination against measles and rubella.

3. Surveillance: The polio surveillance system helps detect new cases of polio and determines where and how these cases originated. This surveillance system is now being used to find people with symptoms of yellow fever and resulted in the vaccination of 8 million people in 2018.

4. Contact Tracing: Because polio is a transmittable disease, health workers are contact tracing to learn who has come in contact with people who might be infected. Contact tracing was also critical in containing an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014.

5. Emergency Operations Centers: Provide a centralized location where health workers and government officials can work collaboratively and generate a faster, more effective emergency response. It helped Nigeria respond quickly to an Ebola outbreak, limiting it to a total of only 19 cases.

Midland is home to two Rotary clubs, Morning and Noon Rotary. Morning Rotary meets at 6:45 a.m. every Tuesday. Noon Rotary meets at noon every Thursday. For more information, visit www.midlandrotaryclub.org.


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Pakistan: Two more polio cases jack up Balochistan tally to 23 | Pakistan Today.

[17th October 2020]

Balochistan’s health department has reported two more cases of poliovirus in the province on Saturday.

With two fresh cases, the tally of polio virus infections this year has soared to 23 cases.

A case of the crippling disease was reported in Chiltan Town of Quetta, the provincial health department said in a statement. A four-year child was confirmed to be infected by the polio virus in the city.

A 15-month child in tehsil Barshor in Pishin district was confirmed to be infected by polio virus, in the second case in province. The samples of two children were sent to the lab for tests in past weeks, according to health officials.

The number of polio cases has reached to 23 in Balochistan with two new cases, the health department said.

Pakistan’s nationwide polio immunisation campaign in the previous week reached over 39 million under-five children with the polio vaccine. Over 260,000 trained workers went door to door, to ensure the safety of children from the disease.

This was the country’s first polio campaign since activities were paused for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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USA: Rotarians To Circle Lake For World Polio Day | The Post-Journal.

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[OCT 16, 2020]

Four members of the Rotary Club of Jamestown will tour the circumfrence of Chautauqua Lake, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday as part of the Pedal For Polio fundraising campaign.

A local portion of the larger World Polio Day event that will be held on Oct. 24, the 44-mile ride will include rotarians Kelly Dawson, David Eakers, Greg Leonard and acting co-president Scott Sawyer.

“This was something that the new district governor, Frank Adamson, put together. He is a biker, and part of his duties are that he visits every rotary, and he established this as a goal,” Sawyer said. “He would like to see every rotarian group raise $1,800.”

The fundraising campaign has currently raised $1,060 of that goal, and can be found at https://raise.rotary.org/GreaterJamestownNY-AMRotary/challenge.

The rain date for the ride will be Sunday.


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Pakistan: Lady health workers continue sit-in at the edge of Red Zone | DAWN.

[16 Oct 2020]

Lady health workers shout slogans on the second day of their sit-in at D-Chowk on Thursday. Photo by Mohammad Asim.
Lady health workers shout slogans on the second day of their sit-in at D-Chowk on Thursday. -- Photo by Mohammad Asim.

Munawer Azeem writes:

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of lady health workers continued their sit-in at the edge of the Red Zone on Thursday despite the absence of necessary facilities.

The lady health workers are among thousands of government employees from unions, associations, organisations, tehreeks and etihads who came from across the country to gather at Express Chowk on Wednesday in order to protest their salaries, pay structure and scale.

All the protesters other than the lady health workers have left in batches after their negotiations with ministers failed.

The lady health workers, however, refused to leave until their demands are met. With streetlights switched off, they have been left to sit on the road in the dark, without a supply of water or meals for them. They also do not have access to sanitation facilities, as the government, including the capital administration and police, try to break the protests with such tactics.

President of the National Programme Health Employees Federation Rukhsana Anwar told Dawn that the protesters had to walk to the nearby petrol pumps or metro stations for toilet facilities. She alleged that the petrol pump employees and the staff at the metro stations had now told them that the government had directed them not to allow them the facilities.

Leaders from the Young Doctors Association visited D-Chowk on Friday in solidarity with the lady health workers. Dr Salman Haseeb demanded that all the demands of the workers be met. He said the protests had entered their second day under difficult circumstances, as the government has suspended the water supply and turned off the lights. He said the country’s daughters were being humiliated on the streets while the government was silent.

He added that doctors from two provinces were in the capital and would come out onto the streets in support of the lady health workers if they are harmed.

The government is harassing all sections of society and there is unrest all over the country, Dr Haseeb said, adding that Pakistan is being discredited all over the world and such decisions are being made because of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s advisers.

The lady health workers have issued a 10-point agenda of demands, which includes the restoration of the National Programme of Family Planning in its original condition,all employees should be given equal bonuses and all the provinces should receive equal pay.

They said it was unjust that the salary for lady health workers in Sindh is Rs35,000, while lady health workers in Punjab are paid Rs20,000. They demanded the creation of a service structure for all employees and service rules.

They have demanded that services of all cadres of the national programmes should also be counted, all lady health workers andlady health representativesshould be regularised, retired employees should be given pensions, the union should be restored, victimisation and retaliatory action stopped and dismissed colleagues reinstated immediately.

Security must also be provided to all employees of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme during polio vaccination campaigns, they said.

Meanwhile, the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Thursday announced its support to the protesters and criticised the government’s handling of the situation.


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Podcast and Video: TWiV 672: Black in Microbiology with Ari Kozik and Kishana Taylor | This Week in Virology.

[October 15, 2020]

Ari and Kishana, two of the founders of Black in Microbiology, join TWiV to discuss the goals of the organization, then we review pauses of J&J and Lilly COVID-19 vaccine trials, preclinical studies of Regeneron’s SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody cocktail, reinfection of a patient in Nevada, and listener questions.

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UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire COVID-19 Situation Report No. 20 (Reporting Period: 26 September to 16 October 2020) | ReliefWeb.

[Situation Report] [Source: UNICEF] [Posted: 16 Oct 2020] [Originally Published: 16 Oct 2020]

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs COVID-19:

  • As of 12 October, out of the 20,155 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 58.5% are male and 41.5% female, 19,831 people (98.9%) have recovered, and 120 people (0.59%) have died.

  • Trends are showing a constant decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases with less than 200 active cases recorded to date. However, with the beginning of the Presidential campaign on 15 October, there is a risk of resurgence of cases due to public meetings and gatherings.

Upcoming Presidential elections (31 October 2020).

  • UNICEF updated its Emergency Preparedness Platform during a joint mission in the North with all UNICEF emergency focal points and sector contributors from both Programme and Operations. This was also the opportunity to review the preparation for the upcoming elections.

  • From 4 to 16 October, an OCHA mission came from Dakar to support the finalisation of the new Inter-Agency Contingency Plan (IACP) and to set up an emergency response coordination mechanism in the context of the upcoming elections. UNICEF contributed to the various sessions and led the discussions on: Nutrition, Education, WASH, and Child Protection.

  • The RCO and UNICEF (co-lead) facilitated the UN Programme Criticality Exercise for the period around the elections.
    Polio:

  • The first round of polio vaccination with OPVm2 took place from 18 to 21 September in 113 health districts. This campaign aimed to vaccinate 5,276,820 children aged 0-59 months (national coverage). The results of the independent monitoring of the campaign showed a 94% immunisation coverage.

  • Lessons learned from the first vaccination round were used to improve the implementation of the second round, which took place from 9 to 12 October.

  • This second round of the campaign mobilised over 6 million doses of OPVm2 vaccine, 21,340 vaccinators, and 10,670 social mobilisers.


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Canada: Ontario: Chatham: Pizza for Polio returns for sixth year | Blackburn News CK.

[October 16, 2020 5:47am] Natalia Vega writes:

Several local pizzerias are once again partnering with local Rotary Clubs in Chatham-Kent to help raise funds and awareness of a crippling disease.

The sixth annual Pizza for Polio fundraiser in Chatham will be held on October 28. World Polio Day is typically recognized around the world in late October.

Residents can help the cause by placing a pizza order at any of the listed locations on October 28. A portion of the sales will go back to the Rotary Club of Chatham to put toward polio eradication efforts.

Participating pizzerias include:
– Konstantinos
– Andy’s Place
– Steve’s Pizzeria
– Original 2 Pizza
– Boston Pizza
– Pizza Tonite
– Pie-Zano’s

“It’s an amazing thing to think that our Rotary Club has helped save the lives of more than 400,000 children over the past three decades,” said Alysson Storey, interim polio eradication chair for the Rotary Club of Chatham, “We could not have raised a dime without the leadership and energy of one of our longest-serving Rotarians, Keith Koke. Losing Keith earlier this year left a hole in our Club that can never be filled.”

As an active participant in polio eradication efforts, the Rotary Club of Chatham has raised over $250,000 for the cause. The Rotary organization has contributed nearly $1.2 billion since 1985.

Storey said Koke “almost single-handedly organized Pizza for Polio every year” so this year’s event is a way of honouring his work.

“I know he loved the fact that something fun like ordering a pizza and supporting a local business could also help save the lives of children around the world,” she said.

The Rotary Club of Tilbury is also joining in on the effort, but on a different day.

On October 24, a portion of all pizza sales at J & D Bowling, Tillsbury Pizza Boy, The Garage in Merlin and Car Barn, MJ’s Pizza, & OG Pizza in Wheatley will go back to the Rotary Club of Tilbury.

Polio can still be seen in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the Rotary Club. However, the number of polio cases was reduced to less than 200 cases in 2015.


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