World Polio Day is 24 October

Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS] supports World Polio Day. The last reported cases of polio in Indonesia were in the Sukabumi area of West Java in the early 2000s. All patients were children from poor social backgrounds who did not start or complete a vaccination series as recommended by the World Health Organization [WHO].

According to WHO, poliomyelitis, known more commonly as polio, is a highly infectious viral disease that largely affects children under the age of 5. The virus is transmitted by persson-to-person, spread mainly through contaminated feces, water, or food. The virus multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and cause paralysis. Poliovirus is highly infectious. The incubation period is usually 7–10 days but can range from 4–35 days. Up to 90% of those infected experience no or mild symptoms, and the disease usually goes unrecognized. In others, initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. These symptoms usually last for 2–10 days and recovery is complete in almost all cases. However, in the remaining proportion of cases, the virus causes paralysis, usually of the legs, which is most often permanent. Paralysis can occur as rapidly as within a few hours of infection. Of those paralyzed, 5-10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. The virus can spread quickly, especially in areas with poor hygiene and sanitation systems.

In 1988, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution for the worldwide eradication of polio, marking the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The initiative was spearheaded by national governments, WHO, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], UNICEF, and later joined by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Wild poliovirus cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350 000 cases in more than 125 endemic countries then to 175 reported cases in 2019.

When Rotary International and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Great progress against the disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and only Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to report cases of wild polio virus. Rotary International remains committed to the end when polio no longer exists.

Of the 3 strains of wild poliovirus (type 1, type 2, and type 3), wild poliovirus type 2 was eradicated in 1999, and no case of wild poliovirus type 3 has been found since the last reported case in Nigeria in November 2012. Both strains have officially been certified as globally eradicated. As of 2020, wild poliovirus type 1 affects two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The strategies for polio eradication work when they are fully implemented. This is clearly demonstrated by India’s success in stopping polio in January 2011, and polio-free certification of the entire WHO Southeast Asia Region in March 2014.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary International has committed to raising $50 million USD each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million USD.

RCBUS’ largest fundraiser of 2021 is Bogies for Bali, a charity golf tournament that will be held on Saturday, 30 October 2021 at the world renown Handara Golf and Resort Bali located in the cool mountains of Bedugul. It is the perfect fundraiser to hold during a pandemic because it can occur outside, participants can remain masked when they are inside, and everyone can remain properly socially distanced at all times.

RCBUS is expecting over 35 golfers to join the competition and excitement. The tee off is at 8 AM on Saturday,30 October, but some of the festivities will begin the on evening before at 5 PM, Friday, 29 October. Those golfers and their friends who wish to avoid driving to Bogies for Bali early on Saturday morning can book a room at the golf resort for the night of 29 October. Handara Golf and Resort is graciously offering Bogies for Bali participants discounted rates on their finely appointed rooms with proof of registration in the golf tournament.


Golf Only/Stay and Play: Members of Bali Handara – 750,000 rupiah/1,350,000 rupiah

Rotary Club Members – 950,000 rupiah/1,400,000 rupiah

All other guests: – 1,400,000 rupiah/1,500,000 rupiah

Please click here to register for the tournament

Please click use this address to book a room:

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If you are considering joining RCBUS and would like to attend a meeting to see what we are all about, please contact Marion Hook at for more information. We meet every 2nd and last Monday of the month at Sthala Ubud Bali, a five-star hotel managed by Marriott International. It is located in Lodtunduh Village in Ubud. Our new website is currently under construction. You will be able to read more about RCBUS on our new website shortly.


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