Program for the eradication of polio in the world is a key global campaign, which is supported by Rotary.
1979. Rotary clubs are implementing a project for the purchase and delivery of 6 million vaccines to children in the Philippines.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $9 billion to the effort.
1988. The Polio Plus program has collected 247 million dollars. This year, the incidence rate was estimated 350,000 cases annually in 125 countries.
In 1988. at the 41st session of the World Health Assembly a resolution was adopted on the elimination of polio in the world. This was the beginning of a Global Initiative to eradicate polio (GLP), headed by national governments, WHO, Rotary International, the US Centers for control and prevention of diseases (CDC) and UNICEF. Later key partners such as United Nations Foundation and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined to this initiative.
1991. Recorded its last case of wild polio virus in America 1994. USA declared free from polio.
1995. Rotary and volunteers immunized 165 million children in China and India during one week. Launched the Polio Plus program Partnership to raise funds from Rotarians in free from polio countries.
1996. The number of cases decreased by 85%
1997. The last case of wild polio virus was recorded in the Western Pacific region
1999. Wild polio virus type 2 ceased to exist.
2000. A record number of 550 million children – 1/10 part of humanity - have been received the vaccine
2002. The European region is recognized as free from polio.
2003. More than 500 million dollars invested in the campaign. There were only 6 countries affected
2004. In Africa, synchronized Immunization Day for 80 million children in 23 countries.
2006. Four endemic countries left
2012. During 2008-2012 Rotary gathered against polio more than 215 million USD. India has not recorded a single case of polio for the year. The last case of polio virus type 3 was recorded in Nigeria.
27.03.2014 The Region of South-East Asia certified as free from polio. Now 80% people of the world are living in the countries free from polio. At the same time there were 149 cases in seven countries
12.04.2015 According to the WHO since the beginning of the year there were 23 cases of the disease (22 – in Pakistan, 1 in Afghanistan, also Nigeria remains endemic area).
We are this close to ending polio
Today the fight against polio reflects a series of posters in which prominent figures demonstrate the gesture of the fingers "We are this close to ending polio". In particular, this program was attended by Bill Gates, actor Jackie Chan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Korean pop star Psy and many others
The goal of complete eradication of polio in the world to 2018 was declared. Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018.
End polio now
Under the motto of Rotary "End polio now" numerous events worldwide are held. More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotarians work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.