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NIGERIAS

ONE-YEAR
MILESTONE

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An Important Milestone
This 24 July marks one year since Nigerias last case of wild poliovirus.
Thats the longest period the country has gone without a case of the disease. This achievement has particular significance, because Nigeria is one
of only three countries in the world in which polio is still endemic. When
the disease is eradicated in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, the world
will be free of polio.
A few weeks later, 11 August will mark one year since the last case of polio
in Africa: a case in Somalia that came at the end of an outbreak in the
Horn of Africa. Africas countries have overcome significant challenges
including lack of security and difficulty reaching children in remote
places to protect their children from polio.

AFGHANISTAN

NIGERIA
PAKISTAN

Rotary has played an important role in reaching these milestones.


Rotarians have dedicated their time and their personal resources to keep children safe from this disease by
immunizing them, donating money, raising funds, and urging governments to support the cause. Rotary has donated
$688.5 million to fight polio throughout Africa, including more than $200 million designated for Nigeria.
While this is notable progress, we havent finished the job yet.

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Too Soon to Celebrate


Before Africa can be certified polio-free, all countries
in the region, including Nigeria, must pass two more
years without a case of polio. To achieve this, we must
make sure all children in Nigeria continue to receive
the polio vaccine, including those in hard-to-reach
and underserved areas. Maintaining high-quality
immunization campaigns and disease surveillance
throughout the continent is essential.
Now more than ever, we need the support of
Rotarians, partners, and governments.
As recently as June, Rotary granted $19 million to
support polio eradication efforts in Africa, including
$9.9 million for Nigeria. By continuing to support polio
eradication in these final years of the campaign,
we ensure the best possible chance that 11 August 2014 marked the very last case of polio in Africa.
Spread the news that were making progress, but this is only one step on the final road to polio eradication.
Support Rotarys continued efforts to fight polio by donating at endpolio.org.

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Marking the Milestone


You can raise awareness of this progress as well as the
need for continued commitment to polio eradication
through a number of channels:
Distribute a press release to news outlets in your
area, to tell your community about your role in the fight
to end polio. Customize this press release template
and send it to editors and news directors at local media
outlets. http://endpolio.org/docs/default-source/
default-document-library/africa-milestone-pressrelease-template.docx?sfvrsn=2
Send an op-ed to your local paper. Customize this
sample op-ed for publication in your local newspaper.
Check your papers guidelines (e.g., word count) and
then send it to the op-ed or editorial features editor for
consideration. http://www.endpolio.org/docs/defaultsource/default-document-library/africa-milestone-oped-template.docx?sfvrsn=2
Share news on social media and encourage your
networks to donate. This tool kit includes sample posts
and shareable content that you can download.
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Thank politicians for their support of polio


eradication. Governments are the biggest donors
to polio eradication efforts worldwide. Where its
appropriate, thank politicians for government support,
let them know about the tremendous progress in Africa,
and urge them to continue their financial support of
polio eradication until we end this disease for good.
http://www.endpolio.org/docs/default-source/defaultdocument-library/africa-milestone-letter-of-support.
docx?sfvrsn=2
Donate. Every dollar Rotary commits for polio up to
$35 million per year will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation through 2018.
Host a club meeting or event dedicated to polio
eradication. Consider inviting local journalists and
prospective Rotarians to attend the meeting and learn
about this major public health milestone, Rotarys role,
and what is needed to finish the job.

Timeline

Mid-July

24 July

11 August

l Send op-ed to editor at local


newspaper for publication on or after
24 July.

l Check polioeradication.org to confirm


that Nigeria hasnt had any new polio
cases.

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Check polioeradication.org to confirm
that Africa hasnt had any new cases.

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Send a press release to local media.
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Share the good news on social media,
using Rotary graphics, infographics,
and video. Urge your networks to
recommit to ending polio by donating
and learning more at endpolio.org.
l
Follow @Rotary and @EndPolioNow
on social media for Rotary news
stories, blog posts, and videos about
this milestone. Share them with your
own followers.
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Donate to PolioPlus by visiting
endpolio.org.

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Share the good news on social media.
Urge your networks to recommit
to ending polio by donating and
learning more at endpolio.org.
l
Donate to PolioPlus by visiting
endpolio.org.

Messages
l July 24 marks one year since the last case of wild poliovirus in
Nigeria. This is the longest Nigeria has ever gone without a case of
polio, and its a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa.

l Maintaining high-quality immunization activities and increasing


surveillance capacity will be key to sustaining a polio-free
Nigeria.

l Rotarians played an essential role in helping Nigeria (on 24 July)


and Africa (on 11 August) reach one year without a case of polio.

l Until polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return, so we must


continue to protect all children from this disease, particularly
those in hard-to-reach and underserved areas.

l Rotarians have donated $688.5 million to fight polio


throughout Africa, including more than $200 million for
Nigeria.
l Rotarians have contributed countless hours to immunize
children.
l We are on the cusp of a polio-free world. But we arent there yet.
We need to go two more years without a case of polio in Nigeria
to certify the African region polio-free. Rotarians, governments,
and other partners must continue to keep polio eradication a top
priority.
l The efforts of Rotarians raising funds, advocating with
governments, and raising awareness are now more important
than ever.

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l In 2014, nearly 90 percent of the worlds polio cases occurred


in Pakistan. If we can turn the tide and end polio in Pakistan
and also in Afghanistan, the only other polio-endemic country
a polio-free world is within reach. So far in 2015, weve seen
promising progress, with a 70 percent reduction in cases in
Pakistan compared with 2014.
l Through efforts to end polio in Africa, the world learned
important lessons and best practices, which are already being
applied to tackle other health issues.

Sample Twitter Posts


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24 July

11 August

Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication, which is working to


#endpolio in Nigeria. @CDCgov @gatesfoundation @UNICEF
@WHO @Rotary

There have been no new polio cases in Africa for more than
1 year, but we still have work to do to #endpolio.
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Thanks to hardworking vaccinators, #Nigeria has not seen a


polio case for 1 year. Help us reach a polio-free Africa.
(Download share graphics from page 9)

Thanks to @Rotary members who contribute time & energy


to immunize children in Africa. Help us finish the fight.
(Download share graphics from page 9)

Nigerias year without a polio case is a critical step toward a


polio-free Africa. Help us #endpolio globally: endpolio.org/
donate

Though weve seen a year without new polio cases in Africa,


until polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return. #endpolio

Help us spread the word that until polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return. All children must be immunized to
#endpolio for good.

Were close to a polio-free world, but its still endemic in


3countries. Donate now and @gatesfoundation will triple the
gift. #endpolio

In 2014, Pakistan had nearly 90% of the worlds polio cases.
Help us turn the tide, so we can #endpolio globally:
http://ow.ly/NCNAi

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Sample Facebook Posts


24 July
The last case of polio in Africa was in August 2014.
Learn what Rotary is doing to end polio globally: endpolio.org
(Download share graphics from page 9)
Nigeria may be removed from the list of polio-endemic countries
soon. Help Nigeria keep polio from returning within its borders
by donating today: http://ow.ly/NCOhn
We are close to having a polio-free world, but we arent there
yet. Nigeria must go two more years without a polio case before
the African region can be certified polio-free. Join us in the fight:
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24 July marks one year since Nigerias last polio case.
To reach a polio-free Africa, we must maintain high-quality
immunization activities and increase surveillance capacity.
Donate today to help us finish the fight: endpolio.org/donate

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11 August
Africa has gone one year without a polio case. It must still go
two more before the World Health Organization (WHO)certifies
the region polio-free. Join us in the fight to end polio:
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Thank you to Rotary members across the world for helping
Africa reach one year without a polio case. We still have work to
do and you can help. Donate today, and the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundationwill triple your contribution: endpolio.org/donate
Though Africa has seen no polio cases for an entire year, until
polio is eliminated everywhere, it can return. We must remember that all children must continue to be protected against this
disease. Donate to help end polio for good: http://ow.ly/NCPdY
There are only three countries that are still polio-endemic.
In 2014, Pakistan accounted for nearly 90% of the worlds polio
cases. Learn how we can turn the tide and eradicate polio
globally: endpolio.org

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Infographics

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Video

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Thank You!
Rotary launched the first effort to immunize all
children against polio in 1985. Since then, Rotary
members have been unflagging in their leadership
to end this disease, donating their time and
personal resources to protect children everywhere.
The leadership of Rotarians has been critical to
helping the world see this remarkable progress:
Africa going its longest period to date without a
case of polio.
Rotary members will continue to play a crucial role
as we now take the final steps to end this disease.
Play a part in making history. Visit endpolio.org to
donate and learn more.

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