Polio in Rockland County NY and World (Aired on October 23, 2022)

 

On the day before World Polio Day 2022 North Rockland Rotarian and 7210 Past District Governor (2006-07) Carole Tjoa, currently the District PolioPlus Chair, once again joins Radio Rotary to update the progress on polio eradication. In 1985 in the Philippines Rotary became the first to use the vaccines to eradicate polio. In 1988 Rotary began a worldwide eradication program, working with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. CDC, joined by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007. This team has eliminated wild polio in all but two nations (Pakistan and Afghanistan), but the United States has recently experienced a resurgence of a type of polio in Rockland County, NY, with some spillover to adjacent regions. One person was partly paralyzed by the disease. Health authorities quickly moved to provide vaccination against the type of polio that surfaced here, brought by a visitor or immigrant from another part of the world.

Learn More:
Global Polio Eradication Initiative: https://polioeradication.org/
PolioPlus: https://www.endpolio.org/
Carole Tjoa: https://www.rocklandtimes.com/2017/03/23/unsung-hero-carole-tjoa-rotary-club-of-north-rockland/
North Rockland Rotary Club: https://northrocklandrotary.org/

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November 1, 2022 · Posted in Global Polio Initiative, Health, International Programs, PolioPlus  

Rotaplast Improving Lives around the World (Aired On October 9, 2022)

              

Radio Rotary interviews both Broomall (PA) Rotarian Paul Quintavalla and Pleasant Valley (NY) Rotarian Kathy Kruger (producer of Radio Rotary) about their experiences helping teams of Rotary physicians and nurses treatchildren—and some adults—for the birth defect known as cleft lip or cleft palate in locations around the world where the local economy does not offer the option
of surgery, including Venezuela and the Philippines. Teams of physicians, nurses, and volunteer stay in one location for two weeks, using surgery to correct these disfiguring and often unhealthy conditions that frequently cause ostracism and rejection. Children who have never been able to smile or in some cases are unable to eat properly can have their condition easily repaired.

Learn More:
Rotaplast: https://rotaplast.org/
Cleft Lip and Palate: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/cleftlip.html
Treatment for Cleft Lip or Palate: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cleft-lip-and-palate/treatment/
Broomall Rotary Club: https://broomallrotary.com/
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Children
Health
Humanitarian Service
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October 24, 2022 · Posted in Children, Health, Humanitarian Service  

Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 1 (Aired on July 10, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary brought its microphone to the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed several representatives of organizations that are making a difference in the world. Tim Nelson, CEO of Hope for Justice, described the work that nonprofit is doing to end human trafficking and various forms of slavery around the world—a mission also of the Rotary Action Group (RAG) Against Slavery. Rich Lalley spoke about Operation Warm, which provides winter coats and shoes for children
in need. Michelle Wilson represented the Rotary Action Group LBGT+. Jenny Andrews, Executive Director of Malaria Partners International, described this program models on Rotary’s polio eradication effort (and like PolioPlus, blessed with matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Stay tuned to Radio Rotary for more great interviews in a follow-up program from the Convention.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Hope for Justice: https://hopeforjustice.org/
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Operation Warm: https://www.operationwarm.org/
Rotary LBGT+ Fellowship: https://rotarylgbt.org/
Malaria Partners International: https://www.malariapartnersinternational.org/

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Roger’s Run, a Red Hook Community Event (Aired on July 3, 2022)

            

Lisa Loughran from Red Hook, NY, visits Radio Rotary’s microphone to tell about the story behind the annual Red Hook event, Roger’s Run for AMC Awareness. This is a community-wide set of runs and walks that had its inspiration in the discovery vis ultrasound that Loughran’s son would be born with a congenital condition, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, usually called AMC. This
condition affects joints and muscle throughout the body. Roger Loughran was born with his limbs extended—the joints had “frozen” in position. Loughran, a runner and cyclist, originated the run-walk event to raise money for AMSI, where she had discovered other parents of children with AMC, parents whose stories gave her hope. Indeed, twelve years and much physical therapy later,
Roger Loughran plays basketball and football. He is well known throughout the Red Hook community. Roger’s Run has involved that community every June in a group project to support research into AMC and its treatment.

Learn More:
Roger’s Run 4 AMC: https://www.rogersrun4amc.com/
AMCSI (Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita Support Inc); https://www.amcsupport.org/
AMC Support on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AMCSUPPORT/

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July 7, 2022 · Posted in Events, Health, Service Organizations, Support Groups  

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