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Eradicating Polio

Rotary launched its polio eradication program in 1985, and in 1988 helped launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Rotary members have since contributed more than AUD 1.3 billion (USD 1.2  billion) and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from polio. Australia’s 32,243 Rotary members have donated AUD 21.2 million (USD 19.5 million) toward ending polio. Since 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 416 confirmed in 2013.

 

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.

Polio Today

Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus:  Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A reported 416 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2013, which is a reduction of more than 99 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.

Challenges

The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to

factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers.

Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.

Ensuring Success

Thanks to a new campaign, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-toone by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to AUD 38 million (USD 35 million) a year through

2018. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.

PolioPlus

In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the

number of cases from 350,000 a year to just 416 in 2013. Rotary has contributed more than AUD 1.3 billion (USD 1.2 billion) and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over USD 9 billion to the effort.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awareness-building.

Rotary in Action

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.

‘This Close’ Campaign

Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close” public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actress Archie Panjabi, action

star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus and South Korean pop-star Psy. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio through public service announcements, social media and public

appearances.

 

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