Posted on Oct 28, 2018
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) celebrated Wednesday during Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Hundreds of people attended in person, including representatives of all five GPEI partners, and thousands more worldwide watched it live online. 
 
Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to polio eradication since it started its PolioPlus program in 1985. The effort got a boost in August when Rotary announced it would provide an additional $96.5 million in grants to increase immunizations and surveillance. Rotary has also committed to raising $50 million a year over a three-year period for eradication activities. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to that amount 2-to-1, which could bring the total as high as $450 million. Watch the event online here...