Organizations merge to deepen positive impact on lives of shelter pets
SEATTLE – October 28, 2014 – After successfully collaborating to deliver more than 80 million meals of donated pet food to animal rescues across America since 2011, GreaterGood and Rescue Bank have formally merged. With this merger, GreaterGood welcomes Rescue Bank to the GreaterGood.org family, an innovator in developing and funding programs that benefit people, pets and the planet.
“We’ve worked closely with GreaterGood.org since our national expansion almost four years ago,” stated Elizabeth Asher, who continues to serve as Executive Director of Rescue Bank. “We are excited about the impact our combined programs will have on improving nutrition for rescued pets and making veterinary care and adoption program support more accessible. GreaterGood shares our commitment to improving the standards of care throughout the rescue and shelter community.”
Asher and partner John Kane founded Rescue Bank in 2006 after their experience responding to Hurricane Katrina. They saw that smaller, community-based animal rescues and shelter staff were doing most of the front line work, but simply weren’t visible to donors. Adopting the food bank model, they started sourcing bulk donations for distribution to smaller groups along the Gulf Coast. Quickly expanding to a national network with GreaterGood’s support, Rescue Bank now delivers between eight and ten million pounds of donated food per year to animal rescues across America.
GreaterGood.org has a proven track record of managing creative programs benefiting animal rescues and shelters through its support of The Animal Rescue Site. With innovative programs like One Picture Saves a Life, Cats R Cool, Rescue Rebuild, Disaster Support and other animal focused programs, GreaterGood is creating better lives for rescued pets and their adoptive families.
“We are thrilled to be more closely integrated with Rescue Bank,” says GreaterGood’s Executive Director Liz Baker. “They are a tremendously impactful organization whose dedication to serving rescue groups and the animal welfare community as a whole is as inventive as it is compassionate. This merger allows us to expand our role in the animal welfare community and deepens our commitment to caring for shelter pets across the country.”
From Oct 12- Dec 7, Recorded Miles Will Trigger a Bank of America Donation That Brings Us One Step Closer To an Aids Free Generation
CHICAGO, OCT 10, 2014 – Beginning on Oct. 12, the day of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, through Dec. 7, three global brands are coming together to “TURN YOUR MILES (RED)” – harnessing the power of community to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
TURN YOUR MILES (RED) is an eight-week campaign that empowers walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts worldwide to make a collective contribution that will save lives and effect change. For each Nike+ Running mile pledged to (RED) on www.nike.com/onestep4red. Bank of America will donate 40 cents – up to $1 million – toward the fight to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission. Nike+ Running is a free app which allows people to track, measure, share and compare their movements with a global community of athletes.
TURN YOUR MILES (RED) deepens the partnership between Bank of America and (RED). Earlier this year, the bank announced a $10 million investment toward delivering the first AIDS Free Generation in over 30 years.
“Public and private partnerships are essential to solving our most significant challenges, particularly when it comes to global health,” said Anne Finucane, global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America. “By bringing Nike’s influence and resources into the fold, we’re building on our progress toward a very reachable goal.”
Today, it costs as little as 40 cents for two lifesaving pills called antiretrovirals (ARVS) which, when taken daily, can prevent an HIV positive pregnant woman from passing the virus to her unborn baby. Still, 650 babies are needlessly born with HIV every day. TURN YOUR MILES (RED) is an initiative designed to enable people at every fitness level to play a part in delivering up to $1 million to HIV medical clinics and programs in sub-Saharan Africa. That amounts to 2.5 million days of lifesaving ARVS.
“The first step is always the most important for anything worth doing, and helping fight for an AIDS Free Generation is something we believe people worldwide are willing to go the extra mile for,” said Deborah Dugan, (RED) CEO “I encourage anyone and everyone – marathoners, casual runners and walkers – to join (RED), our partner Bank of America and the Nike+ community and make your steps count.”
For more information, please visit www.nike.com/onestep4red.
George Knoles, an esteemed historian whose family played a pivotal role in University of the Pacific’s past, contributed to future students’ success by giving $303,000 toward a graduate student scholarship at his alma mater just days before his death on Aug. 27 at the age of 107.
The Barker-Knoles Endowed Scholarship, established in 2000 by Knoles and his late wife, Amandalee Barker, provides scholarships for female graduate students in history and the humanities at University of the Pacific. Barker also graduated from Pacific.
“We are honored by the Knoles family’s great legacy at University of the Pacific,” said Pacific President Pamela Eibeck. “George and Amandalee deeply believed that women should enjoy the same academic opportunities as their male counterparts. They opened the door for more women to pursue graduate education by funding a scholarship endowment that will help students at Pacific for many decades to come.”
A memorial service for Knoles was held Saturday in Palo Alto. Knoles, a professor of American history at Stanford from 1935 until his retirement in 1972, was the son of former Pacific President Tully Knoles, who oversaw the university’s move from San Jose to Stockton in 1924.
George Knoles became a member of the inaugural class at the Stockton campus, where he met his future wife. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history at Pacific in 1928 and 1930. Barker earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the university in 1930.
On Aug. 22, days before his death at his home in Palo Alto, Knoles saw to it that a final gift of $303,000 was transferred to the scholarship endowment.
The gift qualifies for dollar-for-dollar matching funds from the $125 million Powell Fund, doubling its impact. The Powell Fund was established by the late Robert and Jeannette Powell, former regents of the university. The Powell match brings the Knoles’ gift to a total of more than $600,000.
Tully Knoles served as president of what was then known as College of the Pacific starting in 1919. In addition to overseeing the institution’s move from San Jose, he helped raise vital funding in tough economic times and was a popular presence around campus. He served as president for 27 years, and another 13 years as chancellor.
George Knoles was the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History and department chair at Stanford. He wrote several acclaimed historical texts, along with many journal articles and book reviews. One of his books, “Readings in Western Civilization,” co-authored with fellow Stanford professor Rixford Snyder, became a standard college text.
Throughout the years, Knoles remained up to date with goings-on at Pacific, remarking upon President Pamela A. Eibeck’s appointment that it was high time the university had a female president. In 1995 he gifted Pacific with family memorabilia that are now part of the university’s archives.
About University of the Pacific
Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. For more information, visit www.pacific.edu.
The first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than four hundred U.S.-based groups including five from every State who are cultivating a better food system. Click HERE to download.
New York City, NY – The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.
The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.
“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates, and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.
This annual guide will be launched at the James Beard Food Conference on October 27th, 2014 as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work.
These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment.
“Food Tank is delighted to collaborate on this effort with the James Beard Foundation—we’re thrilled to highlight so many great organizations who are working to educate, inspire, and cultivate a better food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.
ABOUT FOOD TANK
Food Tank (www.FoodTank.com) is a think tank focused on feeding the world better. We research and highlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.
ABOUT JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation (JBF) celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. One such project is the next world’s fair, Expo Milano 2015, for which the James Beard Foundation is co-leading the effort for the State Department to design and produce the USA Pavilion, a global gathering of 147 countries addressing the challenges of how we will feed ourselves in the future. The pavilion, whose theme will be “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” will showcase America’s contributions to global food security and gastronomy. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.
“The Happiness Project” author to headline Nov. 14 Orlando conference
OCTOBER 22, 2014 – The second annual Ignite: Cause Innovation Conference to be held in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 14, is nearly sold out. Nonprofit leaders are set to take charge of the future of their organizations at this conference sponsored and powered by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Among this year’s renowned speakers is Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project,” a New York Times and international bestselling book about the year she spent test-driving common beliefs handed down from previous generations, current scientific studies on happiness and lessons from popular culture on how to be happier. Register by Oct. 31 to receive a free copy of the book.
The full title of Rubin’s book, “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun,” reflects the mindset of her blog. Her work spun into a movement with Happiness Project groups around the world and rights to the project sold in more than 35 territories.
Recent additions to the conference’s speaker lineup include Mike Del Ponte, co-founder and CEO of Soma, maker of sustainable water filters. He is a product innovation and social entrepreneurship expert. Del Ponte is known for his leadership in the area of work and life balance and his capability as a millennial generation rising star.
Also on the docket is Tiffany Persons, expert in microfinance, development and fundraising, and previously named a United Nations Woman of the World. She founded and directs the not-for-profit organization, Shine on Sierra Leone. Through her work over the last six years, 6,000 women’s small businesses have been financed with a 97 percent successful return, 12,000 individuals have become computer literate, more than 600 elementary students have been educated and three community buildings were constructed.
To learn more about the Ignite: Cause Innovation Conference, visit www.ignitecic.org
Ignite: Cause Innovation Conference location and registration:
When: Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Where: Walt Disney World Orlando
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8403
Note: After Oct. 24, the online registration page will refer new registrations to 1-800-475-3695 to sign up for the conference. The conference is presented and powered by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
NPW Brings Global Campaign to Westchester County
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (October 24, 2014) – Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) announced today that it has partnered with The Journal News and lohud for a #GivingTuesday campaign in Westchester County. In honor of #GivingTuesday on December 2, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students from around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity by donating money and time to charities.
“We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday for shopping; now we have #GivingTuesday for giving back. It was important for us to bring this global movement here to Westchester, where there are many nonprofits that provide needed services to our local community,” said Joanna Straub, NPW Executive Director. “We are pleased that The Journal News and lohud recognize the need to give locally and we look forward to working with them to raise needed support for nonprofits in Westchester and the surrounding communities this year.”
The partnership was announced today during NPW’s Improving Perceptions conference at Manhattanville College in Purchase where Brian Howard, Digital Editor of Social Media for The Journal News discussed the campaign.
From October 26 through December 1, NPW’s nonprofit members will use social media as a platform to spread information on how the community can donate to their organizations on December 2, #GivingTuesday.
In addition, the Journal News and lohud will spotlight the work and the needs of local nonprofit groups in a campaign called “Give Where You Live.” As part of the campaign, 38 nonprofits from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties will be featured, with a short video describing their most pressing needs and how people can help. The campaign culminates on December 2, the day on which people are encouraged to mark the start of the holiday season by making a donation to a charity of their choice.
“In the age of the ice-bucket challenge, people are looking to give. We are hoping to give readers of our newspaper and website the tools they need to decide where to donate their time, money or goods. The campaign includes a coordinated social-media effort on Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and raise awareness,” said Jill Mercadante, Marketing Editor for The Journal News. “With the help of Nonprofit Westchester, we will take our readers beyond the spotlighted nonprofits, with a database of dozens of charities, including their missions, contact information and area of service.”
The conference, which was designed as a resource to Westchester County nonprofits, also highlighted keynote speaker Farra Trompeter, vice president of Big Duck, a nonprofit strategist with more than 20 years of experience helping organizations develop strategic communications to promote programs, change policies, raise money, and build awareness. She focused on “brandraising,” helping nonprofits raise money and visibility via smart communications. The event also included various workshops led by area business professionals.
“With so many misleading perceptions about the nonprofit industry, we want to provide a forum giving nonprofit professionals, board members and volunteers the tools they need to build better relationships, spread their mission and attract more supporters for their cause,” said Straub.
For more information about Nonprofit Westchester and the #GivingTuesday campaign, call (914)-332-6NPW (6679) or visit http://www.npwestchester.org/.
Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county, focusing on sharing resources, connections, and information to strengthen Westchester in partnership with the for-profit and government sectors. The organization represents nearly 100 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the county under a cooperative mission to strengthen the impact, capacity and visibility of the nonprofit sector for a more just and caring community. In 2014, NPW released a study done in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies called “Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine,” which concluded that nonprofits are a multi-billion dollar industry and make up the largest employment sector in Westchester County. For more information, visit www.npwestchester.org.
Muttnation Foundation’s First Owned and Operated Shelter, “Redemption Ranch” To Open November 22nd In Oklahoma
Photo courtesy Becky Fluke
LOS ANGELES, CA —- Grammy® winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert, has donated proceeds from her show at the Route 91 Harvest Festival to her 7th annual charity event, “Cause for the Paws,” to benefit her beloved MuttNation Foundation. The event brought in a total of $628,148, which is put to good use in helping furry friends all across the country.
“I always have a great time in Vegas, but being able to save dogs along the way was probably the best,” Miranda said. “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas; it doesn’t get any better. With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.”
The Route 91 Harvest Festival was held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on October 3rd, 4th and 5th, and featured fellow superstar headliners, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean.
This year’s “Cause for the Paws” event included a sold out VIP cocktail party; complete with a live and silent auction with items from Blake Shelton, Miranda, Live Nation and MGM Resorts (which raised more than $60,000). There was also an online eBay auction.
MNF co-founder, Bev Lambert explains, “Miranda and I were a bit apprehensive about moving the 7th Annual Cause For The Paws from our homes states of Texas and Oklahoma into Las Vegas. As our long time sponsors signed on in record time and the tickets for the 1st Harvest Festival began to sell out we started to feel like this year may indeed be worthy of the name – Lucky 7! We stand amazed at the support that her fans, friends and sponsors continue to show as they join hands with us to help shelter pets across the US. We both continue our pledge to be watchful over every penny donated.”
The money raised from “Cause for the Paws” will be used for a variety of initiatives throughout the coming year including to finish work on and fund Redemption Ranch, the first MuttNation Foundation owned and operated shelter, which will be opening in Tishomingo, OK on November 22nd.
In addition, on Sunday, October 26th starting at noon MuttNation Foundation will partner with the Humane Society of Tulsa to host their FIRST Muttoberfest (at 6232 E. 60th Street in Tulsa, OK). Over 100 dogs and cats (all of whom have been vaccinated, tested and spayed and neutered) rescued by MuttNation Foundation will be available for adoption.
MNF will also be continuing their very successful Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation, last year they selected a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand and will do so again this year.
They will also continue their support for Pets Fur People (petsfurpeople.org), which is the former home of Miranda’s first shelter pet, Delilah, and the start of Cause For The Paws in Tyler, TX.
MuttNation Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible; it has raised over $1.5 M the past seven years. To donate please visit: www.MuttNationFoundation.com. Miranda and her mother, Bev, make every effort to ensure that your hard-earned dollars are going to spay and neuter efforts, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, legislative changes, and education. By contributing, you are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.
FPWA Impact Awards Gala attracts more than 200 distinguished leaders and professionals from around New York City
New York, NY, October 24, 2014 – The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) held its 2014 Impact Awards Gala on Monday, October 20th. The evening’s festivities were kicked off by Mistress of Ceremonies, Melissa Russo, award winning Investigative Reporter for NBC 4 New York. More than 225 guests filled the elegant Guastavino’s in New York City to help provide aid for some of New York City’s most vulnerable. Honorees included Silda Wall Spitzer, Co-Founder and CEO of NewYorkStatesofMind.com; Citi Community Development; Anne Williams-Isom, CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone; The Collegiate Churches of New York; and James W. March, Vice President, Zurich North America.
FPWA was also joined by a number of distinguished leaders and professionals from around New York City including First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and ABC News Journalist Deborah Roberts just to name a few.
“The Impact Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are giving of their time, talent and resources to impact the lives of those struggling to make ends meet,” said Jennifer Jones Austin, FPWA CEO and Executive Director. “Not only do this year’s outstanding honorees share our vision for a prosperous New York City, they each make strides every day to tremendously impact our city and its residents, and we’re overjoyed to recognize them.”
“I am particularly honored to receive the Impact Award for Leadership,” said Silda Wall Spitzer, Principal at New World Capital and Co-Founder of NewYorkStatesofMinda.com. “FPWA is one of this city’s vital, and under-sung, hero organizations, supporting the mission-critical work of its agencies on the ground and helping those who need it most.”
“Citi Community Development is honored by this recognition and to support the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, as we work toward building a more inclusive city and empowering low- to moderate-income New Yorkers with strong financial identities,” said Eileen Auld, Regional Director, New York Tri-State, Citi Community Development.
“Caring for vulnerable children and strengthening families is at the heart of my life’s work, and for more than 92 years, it’s been a key component of the work of FPWA,” said Anne Williams-Isom, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone. “I am overjoyed to receive this Impact Award and I look forward to continuing – along with FPWA- to serve struggling families and communities.”
“We are deeply honored to receive the Impact award from FPWA. Their work is vital to our city and reaches those who are the most vulnerable. For us, the event was an opportunity to affirm our shared values and mission to make New York City a place where all can thrive,” said Michael S. Bos, Senior Minister of West End Collegiate Church and head of the Collegiate Corporation.
“As a long standing FPWA Board Member, I am humbled and thankful to receive this award,” said James W. March, Vice President, Zurich North America. “FPWA has a deep rich history of supporting those in need and I’m honored to be part of this fine organization.”
Since 1922, FPWA has met the needs of struggling families and communities throughout the five boroughs in its mission of building a city of equal opportunity. FPWA believes that everyone bears collective responsibility for one another and recognizes that citizens must play an active role in making their communities a better place to live. The Impact Award honorees personify the true heart of FPWA and its member organizations.
Funds to go to UNICEF to helpstem waning polio outbreak
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (21 October, 2014) — In advance of the Oct. 24 observance of World Polio Day 2014, Rotary announces US$2 million in grants to combat polio in Ethiopia. The funds – part of Rotary’s broader contribution of $44.7 million to end the paralyzing disease worldwide – will be used by UNICEF to support high quality polio immunization campaigns.
For the second year in a row, Rotary will mark World Polio Day with a live stream event featuring a global status update on the fight to end polio as well as an array of guest speakers and performers. The event, which will stream live from Chicago, Ill., can be viewed at endpolio.org.
In Ethiopia, Rotary’s PolioPlus program will celebrate World Polio Day by hosting a commemoration ceremony in conjunction with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. The PolioPlus program will also host a World Polio Day march to mark the occasion and raise awareness of the disease.
Polio is set to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world (smallpox is the first). To date, Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of children. Rotary’s new funding commitment targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but totally vaccine-preventable disease.
There are only three countries in the world where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped: Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, the virus from these countries can travel and lead to outbreaks in other parts of the world. In fact, last year the majority of the world’s polio cases stemmed from outbreaks in countries that had previously been polio-free. In particular, an outbreak in the Horn of Africa resulted in 217 cases in 2013, including nine in Ethiopia.
“We are pleased it appears we have halted the polio outbreak in Ethiopia,” said Tadesse Alemu, Rotary’s National Polio Plus Chair for Ethiopia, referencing the country’s only case this year, recorded more than nine months ago on 14 January. “However, given the mobility of our global society, until polio is gone from Africa – and the world – Ethiopian children will remain at risk for this disease.”
Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments and Rotary club members of polio-affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved.
Approximately $18.5 million will go to the three remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. An endemic country is one where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. Another $9.5 million is marked for previously polio-free countries currently reporting cases “imported” from the endemic countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia, and Somalia. And $10.4 million will go to polio-free countries that remain at risk of reinfection: Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Niger, South Sudan, and Sudan.
The remaining $6.3 million will go toward polio eradication research.
Funds for these countries will be used to fight existing polio outbreaks, or to conduct campaigns to protect against the high risk for reinfection. Countries experiencing conflict, like Ethiopia’s neighbor Somalia, are at particular risk for polio outbreaks.
To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication (up to $35 million a year). As of 2013, there were only 416 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Visit rotary.org and endpolio.org for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio. Video and still images will be available on the Rotary Media Center.
Addis Ababa, 24 October 2014 – The World Health Organization, UNICEF and Rotary International stand together in the fight against polio and in commemoration of World Polio Day, 24 October 2014.
Despite significant progress made in polio eradication since the launch of the initiative in 1988, the wild poliovirus (WPV) continues to infect people, causing life-long paralysis and disability. The Horn of Africa was struck with a polio outbreak in April 2013. To date, 223 cases of WPV1 have been confirmed in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. The date of onset of the last case confirmed in Somalia was in August 2014.
Up until 2013, Ethiopia was polio-free since 2008. However, since last year, Ethiopia has confirmed 10 cases of polio in Doolo Zone, Somali Region. Ethiopia’s response to this crisis has been fast and aggressive. Since June 2013, 11 rounds of polio immunization campaigns have been conducted in addition to ongoing border vaccination at 45 permanent vaccination posts along the border with Somalia. National immunization days (NIDs) in October and December 2013 reached over 12 million and 15 million children, respectively. Due to these aggressive efforts, the last case of WPV in Ethiopia was confirmed more than 9 months ago, in January 2014.
The success of these polio immunization efforts is a result of national commitment and the coordinated efforts of immunization partners. We recognize those who are in the forefront of the fight against this debilitating disease: health workers, vaccination teams, mobilizers, traditional and religious leaders, partners and others who work long hours, and walk long distances, to ensure all children are reached with the polio vaccine.
Rotary International launched a new campaign that promises every dollar donated to Rotary will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. On 21 October 2014, Rotary International announced the release of US$ 2 million to support polio eradication efforts in Ethiopia. UNICEF supports communication and social mobilization, vaccine procurement, cold chain and logistics and technical assistance while WHO is providing technical assistance, coordination support, including across cross border coordination, and surveillance support.
As World Polio Day is commemorated on the same day as UN Day today, we remember our efforts within the broader context, a day when we uphold a child’s right to health as a basic human right for all. As we look to 2015, we measure the success of our efforts against achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, acknowledging the contribution of polio immunization efforts to MDG achievement. In two weeks, Ethiopia will conduct the first of two rounds of the 2014 NIDs aiming to vaccinate over 13 million children. We look to all partners, decision makers, donors, leaders and other stakeholders to provide their support so that we can ensure no child is left behind. We will continue to work together to END POLIO NOW.