By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The Rotary Clubs of the Mexico’s District 4170 will host a fundraising symphonic concert led by the renowned French violinist Anna Göckel on Thursday, Oct. 24, to help in eradicating polio worldwide.
Winner of the 2013 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany, Göckel has graced some of the world’s greatest stages, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the International Forum of Tokyo, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal.
The occurrence of polio — an infectious viral disease, technically known as poliomyelitis, that leads to irreversible paralysis — had decreased steadily each year since a global public health effort led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Rotary Foundation was launched in 1988.
But in 2018, there were 33 cases reported worldwide, up from 27 cases in 2018, and as of July of this year, the number of confirmed cases was 42.
This uptick in the incidence of the disease has concerned global health workers who fear that there could be a recurrence of the disease.
The disease is particularly prevalent in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
And following a recent outbreak of polio in the Philippines, the Mexican Public Health Secretariat (SSP) issued a warning to be vaccinated against the disease if traveling to any of 18 countries.
According to the WHO: “As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. Failure to eradicate polio from these last remaining strongholds could result in as many as 200,000 new cases every year, within 10 years, all over the world.”
There is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented. However, the polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.
The Rotary Club concert will be held in the auditorium of the National Conservatory of Music, located at Avenida Presidente Mazaryk 582 in Mexico City’s Colonia Polanco, on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Donations for tickets are 600 pesos each and can be paid in advance through a deposit at Banorte in the name of CR Anzures Reforma SC, Sucursal 2291 Condesa, to the account 0016541103, clave 072180000165411039.
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