Edge Hill University is illuminating its main building in purple all week to support Ormskirk Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign to mark World Polio Day on Sunday 24th October.

The lighting up of the building is to support The Rotary Club of Merseyside and South Lancashire’s continued efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, a campaign that has seen huge success since it began in 1985.

Edge Hill is joining locations all over the world in highlighting the global fight against the disease. Purple has been chosen as it represents the colour of the dye placed on a child’s finger to show they have been immunised against the disease.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Clare Austin said: “We are proud to be supporting our local group in their campaign to end polio around the world. As one of the largest providers of health education, we recognise the importance of tackling health inequalities and promoting health and wellbeing around the world and much of our work supports this aim. This campaign resonates with our values and we extend our thanks to the Rotary members for their continuous work to eradicate this disease.”

Since the Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative over 30 years ago, rates of the disease have plummeted.

David Hartley said: “For many years, Rotary clubs around the world have encouraged the owners of buildings and landmarks worldwide to light up their buildings as a focus for the global fight against poverty. 

“I’m proud that the Rotary has been at the forefront of the battle against polio, working closely with the World Health Organisation, who have been in close contact with the new Government to ensure polio vaccinations will continue following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan this summer.”

In order to sustain the progress made in eradicating polio, around two billion doses of the vaccine still have to be given to more than 400 million children in up to 60 countries every single year. This is in addition to the routine immunisations that happen elsewhere around the world, including in the UK and Ireland. Find out more about Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

Edge Hill’s Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England and home to the new Medical School. To find out more about courses on offer, visit the website.