Sunday, March 29, 2020


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Polio this week as of 25 March 2020
·         The COVID-19 emergency means that many aspects
 of the polio eradication programme will be affected.
 In light of the situation, the Polio Oversight Board (POB)
 has come up with a set of recommendations for polio eradicators read more
·         Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples):
·         Afghanistan: four WPV1 positive environmental samples
·         Pakistan: two WPV1 cases and six WPV1 positive environmental samples
·         Central African Republic: one cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
·         Angola: two cVDPV2 cases
·         Cameroon: one cVDPV2 case and three cVDPV2 positive environmental samples
·         Chad: five cVDPV2 cases and two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples
·         Côte d’Ivoire: two cVDPV2 positive environmental sample
·         Ethiopia : three cVDPV2 cases
·         Malaysia: one cVDPV1 case
·         Ghana: two cVDPV2 positive environmental samples

Half of Ghana’s population lives in rural areas, 
and only two-thirds can obtain safe drinking water 
— after traveling 30 minutes round trip.
 Since 2009, Rotary has worked with USAID Global Health
 on a $18 million partnership to create access
 to clean water and improve sanitation. 
The projects the 30 Rotary clubs implemented, 
along with their USAID partners,
 have benefited more than 160,000 people

Rotary Youth Exchange Australia (RYEA)
 Update 23rd March 2020

1. The DGN group recommend that our Australian Youth Exchange
 program for the Inbound and Outbound groups for 2020-21
 be suspended for 12 months, effective immediately.
 This means that the DGN cohort cannot recommend
 or support the notion of Incoming students mid 2020; 
the promotion of local advertising for our students
 to apply and be interviewed by Clubs for the 2021-22 year; 
or commencing as Outbound students within the
 Youth Exchange Program in January 2021
2. Essentially at this stage we would support in principle
 Inbound student arrival mid- 2021
, and Australian Outbound students January 2022 
(proviso of current government restrictions on
 quarantine, travel and border shutdown being lifted)
3. There seems conflicting advice from YEP District Chairs
 at present in regard to the management 
of current Inbound and Outbound students,
 primarily due to no global directive from RI 
on managing YEP students during this pandemic,
 nor an agreed Australian or Zone 8 consensus 
for District management of this problem.
 Hence, the variability is leading to some intense debate
 and perhaps unsafe practice with returning students globally
 in very uncertain times.
 We believe that the safety of all YEP students is paramount,
 regardless of financial implications,
 so a united approach is sought via direction 
from current DGs and DGsE (G-trains)
 to ensure appropriate decisions are promoted and made.
 Clear direction from RI is needed and should 
be sought from RI Parramatta as a matter of urgency
4. As borders are closing and capacity to return students
 is diminished for a variety of reasons 
including flight cancelling or redirection, 
it is incumbent on our Rotary community to do everything 
in our power to promote and ensure the safety
 of our present students. 
This is a domestic and international issue, 
insofar as appropriate discussion with our counterparts
 and Chairs in Districts with which we exchange 
should have the same focus on protecting the wellbeing of our students.
 Given the age group, lack of language skills,
 medical compromise with travel, lack of experience 
and decision-making skills amongst our student population
 it would be helpful for the G-Train to support their Chairs 
in making our priorities well understood
 to our exchange partners. 
The time is well past for sending students home
 (both inbound and outbound).
 We should all be supporting students,
 clubs and exchange families in situ.
5. We seek your support and endorsement via 
circulation of this information to your District Governor cohorts,
 eliciting their feedback and commitment to support
 these recommendations. 
We recognise that each District is autonomous
 in these decisions,
 however there is an opportunity here to perhaps centralise 
some of these principles in action
6. This discussion and group of recommendations
 is in line with those expressed by Peter Kaye 
in his communications 22.3.2020
 within his role as Chair Zone 8
 Insurance and Protection Committee

Yours in Rotary
Amanda Roach
D9670 DGN

In the current situation where, social distancing is recommended
 to reduce the chances of infection, 
ARH Research Committee member Professor Tony Jorm
 says it is important that people do not become isolated.
 Phone, text and Skype contact may need to be increased.


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Penningrose is a smiling two-year-old girl that the team
 had the pleasure of meeting whilst in PNG.
 She had burns on both her feet and ankles and the team proceeded
 by giving her a skin graft assisted by the local staff.
 Pictured is volunteer nurse Andrew Goyan with local medical staff.

Recently, Interplast volunteers delivered surgical mentoring
 and nurse education programs in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea!
 We have been delivering programs in PNG for 35 years. 
Pictured is volunteer nurse Andrew Goyan with local medical staff.

Chennai: India, Rotary D3230 set a new world record in 2014
 for the largest human flag, formed by over 50,000 volunteers, 
beating the previous record held by Pakistan.

The event saw about 1.5 lakh volunteers, mainly youth,
 turn up for the event at YMCA Grounds here even as 50,000 
of them formed the tricolour,
 Governor of Rotary 3230, organiser of the 'My Flag My India' campaign, 

President Ross  asked Brian Eddy to formally  induct
 Susan Marshall into membership of the Club.

The club hosted our first Zoom meeting of the year due to the current meeting restrictions.
We even inducted 2 new members. Welcome Scott and Ken.

We are looking at different ways we can continue to operate during this time.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed 
to the success of our International Women’s Day Luncheon.
 Our amazing club members, speakers, sponsors,
 those who donated their time and raffle prizes
. Without the hard work and generosity of you all we would not
 have been able to give so generously to the 
Empowering Chicks and The Lucy Saw women’s refuge.
 We raised an amazing $4000.00
 and are very excited to donate $2000.00 to each of these great charities.

Hydrotherapy Patient Lifter for Pool at Pinjarra
Congratulations to Mike Bermann, Rotarian from Rotary Club of Ascot
 for seeing another successful project through to fruition 
for a Hydrotherapy Patient Lifer for local Pool in Pinjarra
Mike Bermann together with Michael and Robyn Metcalf, Peter Richardson,
 along with two members from the Pinjarra Rotary Club,
 travelled down to the Pinjarra Aquatic Pool Centre to launch 
the equipment which was purchased in conjunction 
with funds donated from the Rotary Club of Pinjarra.
The staff and management of the centre were over the moon together
 including Mike Bermann’s friend Wayne Chambers, 
who suffers Guillain Barre` Syndrome (GBS)
 and requires this equipment to enable him access in and out 
of the hydrotherapy pool.

The Centre Manager, Ben Porter, said this would be utilised by many people
 who usually couldn’t visit the pool because lack of such equipment.
 This patient lifter will make a change for many.

In place of the social activity originally planned,
 10 people attended a casual meal at the UWA Club Cafe
 on Friday, 20th March 
where we celebrated our member Ronniet Orlando's birthday.
 Fellowship is a vital part of Rotary and we all enjoyed the evening.

Presenting a cheque to Rotary club of Morley 
for help with Sausage Sizzle at Hyde Park Fair 
then hearing about the club’s international Project India 
from their International Club Director.
 Hospital in Bangalore in conjunction with Rotary Club of Bangalore.
 Out last meeting before the lockdown.


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