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ROTARY FUNDS ATLANTA POLIO TRAINING FOR CHINESE DOCTORS

 ROTARY FUNDS ATLANTA POLIO TRAINING FOR CHINESE DOCTORS
 EVANSTON, Ill., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen Chinese doctors


are in Atlanta for a unique six-week epidemiology workshop at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Their training is supported by a grant from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
 Through Rotary's global PolioPlus program, grants totaling almost $16 million were awarded in 1989 to fight polio in the People's Republic of China. The total included $15 million for a polio vaccine manufacturing plant in the city of Kunming in southwest China where construction will begin in August. The Atlanta program is part of an $899,000 grant to build training centers and laboratories in China and train personnel to monitor progress toward polio eradication.
 The "Rotarian Course on Epidemiology, Poliomyelitis and Other Immunizable Diseases" has been organized by CDC staff members Dr. Peter Patriarca and Dr. Mac Otten, in consultation with the Chinese Ministry of Health and Professor Philip Brachman at the Emory University School of Public Health. Lectures and discussions are led by both CDC and Emory University School of Public Health personnel.
 Subjects include epidemiology, biostatistics, surveillance, epidemic investigation and surveys, all with a focus toward polio eradication. Through PolioPlus, Rotary works with UNICEF and the World Health Organization to eradicate polio by the turn of the century and combat other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases. The war on polio has met with dramatic success. In Latin America, for instance, the number of confirmed polio cases in 1991 fell to just nine compared to thousands annually in the mid-1980s.
 When back in China, the doctors -- who include six women -- will conduct similar training programs for health workers in their respective areas. These include 15 of the 30 Chinese provinces and autonomous regions and cities, and the Ministry of Health in Beijing. Dr. Otten will be stationed in Beijing for two years to help in this effort.
 Rotary's PolioPlus manager Ted Trainer says: "The visit is an exciting development and represents a significant cooperative venture by Rotary, UNICEF, and both the U.S. and Chinese governments. China, which reported 2,000 polio cases in 1991, is a major polio endemic country with polio in every province."
 In Atlanta, the Chinese group is staying at Villa International, a facility developed and run by a number of religious groups for students from abroad. The facility houses 70 people, enabling the doctors to interact with a variety of other students and join Villa International staff in social activities and outings in the city. The visitors leave Atlanta April 17 for a two-day public health course in Washington, D.C.
 Founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary is the world's first service club association. The 1.1 million Rotarians in 179 countries and geographical regions are dedicated to community service, promoting high ethical standards in all vocations and fostering international good will and peace. There are more than 11,000 Rotarians in Georgia's 160 Rotary clubs.
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 /CONTACT: John O'Brien, 708-866-3240; Susan Paul Smith, 404-371-4411; or Prof. Philip Brachman, 404-727-0199, all for the workshop/ CO: Rotary International; Emory University; Centers for Disease Control ST: Georgia, Illinois IN: HEA SU:


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