Posted by Becky Tsukishima on Apr 04, 2021
Rotary’s polio eradication program saves lives.
Polio, and the lifelong paralysis it can cause especially in young children, became preventable when Dr. Jonas Salk introduced the polio vaccine in 1955. Since Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative took on the fight against polio, they have developed systems to facilitate both immunizations and eradication.
Since 1988, we've seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. We have had only two cases globally of the wild polio virus since 1 January. One is in Pakistan and one in Afghanistan.
Our work is not done, help us to eradicate Polio once and for all. Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.