Follow Rotarians on a polio immunization trip to Nigeria
A group of 15 Rotarians will be in Nigeria from 8 to 20 December participating in immunization rounds in communities where the risk of polio transmission is highest. The group arrived in Abuja and then goes to Jos and Kaduna for polio eradication-related activities.
We're hosting on our End Polio Now blog a written and video series from trip members about their experiences in Nigeria. The volunteers, representing six U.S. states and ranging in age from 30 to 87, will work with Nigerian Rotarians to run vaccination centers and go door-to-door to administer the oral drops to every child under 5.
While Nigeria is the only country to record more polio cases this year than last, its implementation of an aggressive national emergency action plan is showing positive results with more children receiving vaccinations. The November report of the polio initiative's Independent Monitoring Board notes the nation's recent progress and says Nigeria "may be on the brink of a breakthrough" against the virus.
Follow their trip on the Rotary Voices blog and at EndPolioNow.org.