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Polio Eradication
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Ending Polio Worldwide

 

Bill Gates Congratulates Rotary On Its Polio Eradication Program

 

 

 

 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide. For a comprehensive look at the current week to week efforts and news, click on the image below. 

 

 

History of Rotary's PolioPlus Program

 

In 2007, Rotary entered into a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which issued Rotary a $100 million challenge grant to raise funds for polio eradication. This partnership continued to grow, and in 2013 the Gates Foundation offered to match Rotary’s contributions for polio eradication 2-to-1 for five years (up to $35 million per year).

 

PolioPlus is international. Rotary has 1.2 million members in nearly every country working together to end polio for good.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary's PolioPlus program started in 1985. However, Rotary began the fight against polio much earlier. In 1979, Rotary members began a multiyear program that immunized more than 6 million children in the Philippines against polio.

 

In its early years, PolioPlus was dedicated to fundraising for immunization efforts. In May 1988 Rotary announced that the campaign, which aimed to raise $120 million, had raised nearly $220 million in contributions and pledges. That same year, the World Health Assembly set a goal of worldwide polio eradication and launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with Rotary as one of its partners. At the time, polio paralyzed more than 1,000 children worldwide every day and 125 countries were polio-endemic.

 

Just five years after the GPEI was founded, the 500 millionth child was immunized against polio. To further efforts, Rotary started the PolioPlus Partners program in 1995, to fund and support National Immunization Days in polio-endemic countries.