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 2015.
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 avented.
India was declared polio-free in January 2012 so eradication is now concentrated on the three remaining countries Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
There is also a complete set of resources available for schools to be informed and involved in the End Polio Now project.
You can also track progress on the End Polio Now page on Facebook.