Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7.30 pm, in the Great Amphitheater of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila Bucharest took place the medical event End Polio Now, dedicated to the Fight against Poliomyelitis, a contagious infectious disease, most often asymptomatic, which manifests itself through paralysis among children for more than two centuries.
End Polio is a project of Rotary International, a global Community Service organization, the only NGO with membership status at the UN, with a 114-year history and counting 1.2 million Volunteers on all continents and another 0.8 million. through partner organizations in the Rotary Family (Rotaract and Interact).
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rotary’s dream and ideal: Eradicating Disease on the World Map. And we are very close. Fewer cases are reported each year, and this is due to Rotary’s joint efforts with partners: UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Gates Foundation will donate $2 to the cause, for each $1 raised by Rotary. $1 = $3 for End Polio. This strong partnership is renewed annually and is 10 years old.
Because in 2019 there was a great alarm signal, the incidence of the disease in the world compared to 2018 has increased by 300%, and even though in Romania no cases have been reported since 1992, we, the Rotarians, feel that we can play an active role in helping those in need. As such, this event, through its construction, wants to achieve more goals.
First of all we want to raise public awareness of the disease and the ravages it does in the affected countries of Asia and Africa. At the academic level, the event brings, as readers, national and world-class events:
At symbolic level we will illuminate in red and yellow (the colors of the project) Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, as do other capitals of the world, urging people to donate for a month, because End Polio mainly involves fundraising. for immunization of children in areas affected or prone to the epidemic.
Finally, the message transmitted by Rotary International is one of being People of Action who are actively involved in solving problems at both Community and Global level.
We are waiting for you to join this global effort!