Polio Eradication

Polio Eradication

End Polio Now

   
 

 
     
  
                    
 

The campaign to immunize all children in the world was commenced by Rotary International in 1985 and we were challenged to eradicate the disease. We are almost there!

From 350,000 cases in 1987 there have been less than 42 cases in the first half of 2017.

The end game is now in play and over $4 billion has been pledged by Governments and organisations. Rotary has pledged to raise the $1.5 Billion shortfall with the aid of a 2-for-1 subsidy from the Gates Foundation. 

Rotary International World President is asking clubs to donate $1,500 per year to ensure our goal is achieved.

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The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe.

Eradication has proved more difficult than anyone anticipated. Watch this video to learn more about what it takes to eradicate polio:



Thousands of Rotarians, both local and foreign volunteers, have participated in national immunisation days when vaccine is given to millions of children over a few days.

In the campaign so far, two billion children have been immunised, five million spared disability and more than a million deaths averted.

India was declared polio-free in January 2012 so eradication is now concentrated on the three remaining countries  Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

You can also track progress on the End Polio Now page on Facebook.