Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world's toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries around the world. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
As World Polio Day approaches, Rotary International continues to amplify the message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from a devastating disease.
We have made tremendous progress since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched:
  • A 99.9% reduction in cases of illness caused by wild poliovirus
  • 3 billion children immunized
  • 125 countries where polio was endemic reduced to two — Afghanistan and Pakistan — with the virus contained in just a few districts and provinces
But even just one case still represents one child’s life forever changed by polio. That’s why Rotary members must remain tenacious and keep our promise: We won’t stop until we know that no child will ever again experience the paralyzing effects of polio.
This World Polio Day we continue to advocate for the support we need to make history by eradicating polio. Together, we end polio!