Two days dedicated to the eradication of polio are coming up in Broken Bow! Join the conversation at the Broken Bow Public Library on Wednesday, October 6 for a distinguished panel discussion regarding the disease, and on Thursday, October 7 party with a purpose at Kinkaider in Broken Bow for with Pints For Polio.
Wednesday, October 6
Broken Bow Public Library
Listen and learn at the Broken Bow Public Library as Two Rivers Public Health Department Epidemiologist Aravind Menon, PhD talks about his work in eradicating polio. Dr. Menon trained and practiced as a physician in South and Western India before enrolling for his Masters in Public Health at the Sri ChitraTirunal Institue of Medical Science and Technology.
Following this, he led a large-scale reproductive health intervention for married adolescent girls in Central India before pursuing a year-long NIH-Fogarty fellowship in Durban, South Africa. After moving to the US over ten years back, he enrolled for his PhD at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Menon is a firm believer in the role of public health practice for disease prevention and improved health outcomes for communities around the world and is excited to be a part of the dedicated team at Two Rivers Health Department. He lives in Lexington with his wife and children ages and six.
Dr. Loren Jacobsen, longtime respected Custer County Physician and Broken Bow Chamber Citizen of the Year will talk about his experience and devastation of the disease.
Tammy Hendrickson, Custer County Museum curator, will talk about the history of polio in Custer County.
Thursday, October 7
Kinkaider Brewing Company, Broken Bow
Party with a purpose at Kinkaider with the Broken Bow Area Rotary as part of their Pints For Polio, Polio Plus Fundraiser. When you purchase a beer you will be able to keep a specialty glass. A refurbished Iron Lung and the Purple Pinkie display will also be available to view during the event as well. A 50/50 cornhole contest, honored guests, and more will be part of an evening of fundraising to help end polio.
About Rotary And Polio
Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age, but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
Rotary has committed to continuing to raise the necessary dollars for polio eradication. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match these dollars 2-to-1, for a total commitment of $150 million each year. These funds provide much-needed operational support, medical workers, laboratory equipment, and educational materials. Governments, corporations, and private donors all play a crucial role in funding.
World Polio Day, which is recognized on October 24, is a time when health experts and partners share the progress on the road to polio eradication. Find out more information about how you can help end polio by visiting endpolio.org