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Thursday, August 07, 2014
Remoteness not a challenge for the poliovirus

But a major challenge for polio fighters and requires complex coordination


24 July 2014 - PUNTLAND, Somalia: 
UN agencies in Somalia combined forces once again
 to help a joint UNICEF and WHO team visit a
 remote district of Puntland in north east Somalia 
where four people have contracted polio this year. 


The victims –
 a young father who died and three children who were paralysed
 – all came from Jariban district,
 a long drive on a dusty track from the nearest main town Galkayo 
in an area known for pirates and armed gangs.
 As these were the only four polio cases
 in Somalia so far this year,
 it was essential to visit the area to discover how the virus
 got there and how to stop it spreading further.
 However the terrain, distance, logistics and above
 all security concerns made it an extremely challenging proposition. 

After coordination and cooperation involving 
at least four UN agencies,
 the convoy set off on at dawn on 22 July
 and drove seven hours from Galkayo to Jariban town, 
where the team met a group of elders
 to discuss the outbreak and raise awareness
. The town has only one Mother and Child Health clinic
 run by the Red Crescent Society but no hospital or other facilities.
 The following day they drove another three hours
 to Towfiq village where they visited the family
 of the 29 year old man who had died after contracting polio. 

‘This was a very sad visit – 
the man’s wife said she and their five children
 had been vaccinated but he had not.
 He was the only breadwinner in the family,’
 said Dr. Abraham Mulugeta,
 WHO Somalia’s Polio Team Leader. 

The three children who were paralysed 
by polio this year live in villages close to Towfiq
 that are only accessible on foot, 
so the team could not visit them. 
However experts had already met one of the children,
 two year old Asha, who had earlier been brought
 by her mother who was desperate for help to Galkayo. 

While in Towfiq,
 the team watched the door to door vaccination
 campaign for children
 – the third round of vaccinations since the outbreak
 was discovered in the area in May this year.
 There will be another campaign in August 
in the whole of Mudug region and surrounding areas
, for adults as well.
 There is no health facility in Towfiq 
so these campaigns are crucial to stop the virus spreading. 

Vaccinators have been selected from the local community,
 and clan leaders and elders are being informed
 about the need for vaccination.
 More volunteers have been recruited to search actively 
for any cases of paralysis so that any polio
 can be swiftly found
 and the community adequately protected.





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On 22 November,
 Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko
 and six Rotary staff members
 will be joining Arizona Rotary members
 to bike up to 104 miles in El Tour de Tucson 
to fundraise for polio eradication
and read about the team members.









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reprinted with permission Rotary Club of Mill Point

Rotary Theme 1993/1994




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Hat Day is here again on Friday October 10th, 2014 
- the fundraising day where you wear a hat 
and raise funds for mental health research.
 We're asking organisations, clubs, businesses
 and others to show their support for the 
1 in 5 people suffering a mental illness.


100% of the funds you raise will go directly
 to mental health research projects around Australia 
through Australian Rotary Health.



So will you get involved? 
We've just launched a brand new website
 for this year's Hat Day












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Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay



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Rotary Club of Perth



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Rotary Club of Scarborough





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Rotary Club of Boulder
Past President Jim Fleming after being announced as Kalgoorlie/Boulder 
Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the year
Pictured with his wife Claire





Rotary Club of Armadale
Board Director of Australian Rotary Health
 Past District Governor Phil Cordery
 presented Jeff Cairns with an Companion Award
 for his substantial contributions to the Health Fund














Around the Clubs



Rotary Club of Kununurra

President Lars Moir and DG Angus. In Kununurra.




President Lars, Leif and Grace. Spent an amazing day on the Ord River


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Rotary Club of Northam
Rotary Club of Balcatta
Held a joint meeting in Northam last week


President Jan Horsley and President Denis Parker




Balcatta Rotarians  Karen Parker   Michael and Jackie Reece











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Rotary Club of Boulder

The Radio Auction Party


The party to celebrate the ending of the week long on-line auction 
was a little subdued this year until it was found 
that the value of goods sold leapt by $800 
immediately after the auction closed.
 There was excellent catering.



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Rotary Club of Karrinyup




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Rotary Club of Southern Districts
enjoying some fellowship on their Bus Tour





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Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay

Were visited by Rotarian Jeremy Foster



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Rotary Club of Applecross




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Rotary Club of Canning Bridge
Rotary Club of Hannans Kalgoorlie
District Governor Nominee Linda McLerie  [D9465]
and President of Rotary Club of Hannans Kalgoorlie 
with President Robyn Jones Rotary Club of Canning Bridge





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Rotary Club of Cockburn
Past Presidents [ 2013/14 ]  Lunch





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Rotary Club of Swan Valley

Service Above Selfie - President Donna Evans
 and Rotarian Rachel Ivic at the Club's
 Small Mob Shearing Day in Gidgegannup



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Rotary Club of Belmont
officiating at the weekly Swap Meet




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Rotary Club of Osborne Park





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Rotary Club of Karrinyup




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Rotary Club of Scarborough




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Rotary Club of Quairading
Rotary Club of Cunderdin




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Rotary Club of Swan Valley









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Raise me up






Sally and Harry have been married for 50 years
 and are being interviewed by a reporter 
from the local newspaper.


"So Sally," asks the reporter,
 "I know today is your golden wedding anniversary,
 how old, exactly, are you?"

"I am 78 years old," replies Sally proudly.
 "And I hope I live to be 100."

"Well I hope your wish comes true,"
 says the reporter.
  The reporter then turned to Harry and asked,
 "And how old are you, Harry?"

"I'm also 78 years old," replies Harry,
 "and, please God, I should live to be 101."

"But why," asked the reporter,
 "would you want to live one year
 longer than your wife?"

"Well, to tell you the truth," replies Harry,
 "I would like to have at least one year 
of peace and quiet."







Blonde changes Light Bulb





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Western Australia
Bell Gorge in the Kimberley, 
captured just after sunset as the sky starts
 changing colours and day turns into night. 
— with George Iulian.

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