Our first stop this morning was at the PolioPlus office in Delhi, for a briefing from Lokesh Gupta, the Manager of the RI India National PolioPlus Committee, and to pick up our NID volunteer packages for the National Immunization day beginning on 29 January.
|Lokesh Gupta gave a very informative PolioPlus briefing to the group.|
|Our Vests, caps, and other materials for the NID.|
Here is some information from our briefing:
Rotarians, since the beginning of this project in 1985, have contributed over US$1.5 Billion to this project. Beyond our own money, we have helped raise another +US$8.5 Billion from donor governments around the world. Additionally, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed US$4 Billion in matching donations to our Rotary giving. In India alone, Rotarians here have given more than US$198 million.
Among the four major partners in PolioPlus/End Polio Now, each has defined responsibilities, as follows:
UNICEF: Vaccine procurement, communication, & social mobilization
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): funding and surveillance
World Health Organization (WHO) and government: Surveillance, Operations & Monitoring,
Rotary: Funding, Advocacy, and Social Mobilization
Just five years ago, in 2011, there were 650 cases of polio, in 17 endemic countries.
In 2016, there were 35 cases of polio, in 3 endemic countries.
Here's what this NID will involve, logistically:
-700,000 vaccination booths spread across the entire country
-2,500,000 vaccinators (PEOPLE LIKE ME!)
-1.17 million vaccination teams
-155,000 NID supervisors, traveling in 155,000 cars, trucks, scooters, bicycles, motorcycles, mopeds, boats, elephant, camel, cow, (whatever it takes)
-225 million doses of polio vaccine, carried around the country in 2 million vaccine carrier bags
-6.3 million frozen ice packs to go into the 3 million vaccine carrier bags to be carried around the country.
-209 million homes will be visited.
-172 million children will be vaccinated.
The rest of the day has entailed bus travel to Chandigarh, which ended up being nearly six hours due to unforeseen traffic.
|Sights along the way.|
We were met by a wonderful group of Rotarians for the beginning of our homestay Friendship Exchange. The Rotary Club of Changragarh is the home club of Past Rotary International President Raja Saboo.
|We received tikka (tilak) from the club members, along with a garland (lei)!|
|Brief club meeting and introductions to our hosts.|