End Polio Now

The Fight is not Over

Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn’t over. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, and for as little as US$0.60, a child can be protected against the virus for life.

In 2012, the effort to end polio now made historic progress. The year ended with the lowest number of new polio cases in the fewest places ever. There were fewer than 250 reported cases, compared with 350,000 cases in 1985, when Rotary began the fight to end polio.

99% POLIO-FREE, today, we are, close, only to creating a polio-free world, and we need your help. But, if we don’t finish the fight right now, in the next 40 years more than 10 million children, under the age of five could be vulnerable to the paralysis of polio. Rotarians around the world exceeded Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, Rotary’s response to $355 million in matching grants awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for polio eradication efforts.

Be a part of history and help Rotary achieve a polio-free world.

Read more in Rotary International End Polio