Rotary's Polio Plus
Rotary and it's partners have helped immunize more than 2.5
billion children against polio in 122 countries, reducing polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.
We won't stop until we end the disease for good.
History of Rotary's Polio Plus Program to Eradicate Polio!
Rotary clubs take on a project to buy and help deliver polio vaccine to more than 6 million
children in the Philippines.
Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated
private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial fundraising target of US$120
Rotary International and the World Health Organization launch the Global Polio Eradication
Initiative. There are an estimated 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries.
The International Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication announces
that polio has been eliminated from the Americas.
Health workers and volunteers immunize 165 million children in China and India in 1 week.
Rotary launches the PolioPlus Partners program, enabling Rotary members in polio-free countries to provide
support to fellow members in polio-affected countries for polio eradication activities.
A record 550 million children – almost 10% of the world's population – receive the oral
polio vaccine. The Western Pacific region, spanning from Australia to China, is declared polio-free.
The Rotary Foundation raises $119 million in a 12-month campaign. Rotary's total
contribution to polio eradication exceeds $500 million. Six countries remain polio-endemic – Afghanistan,
Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan.
In Africa, synchronized National Immunization Days in 23 countries target 80 million
children, the largest coordinated polio immunization effort on the continent.
The number of polio-endemic countries drops to 4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria,
Rotary's overall contribution to the eradication effort nears $800 million. In January, the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $355 million and issues Rotary a challenge grant of $200 million.
This announcement will result in a combined $555 million in support of the Global Polio Eradication
Rotary welcomes celebrities and other major public figures into a new public awareness
campaign and ambassador program called "This Close" to ending polio. Program ambassadors include Nobel Peace
Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, violinist Itzhak Perlman, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates, Grammy Award-winning singers Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and environmentalist Dr. Jane
Goodall. Rotary's funding for polio eradication exceeds $1 billion.
India surpasses 1 year without a recorded case of polio, and is taken off the polio-endemic
list. Only 3 countries remain polio endemic. Rotary surpasses its $200 Million Challenge fundraising goal
India goes 3 full years without a new case caused by the wild poliovirus, and the World
Health Organization certifies the South-East Asia region polio-free. Polio cases are down over 99% since