End Polio Now
End Polio Now
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The world has never been closer to ending polio for good. Since making a pledge to eradicate polio in 1985, Rotary International, together with partner health agencies, has brought down the number of cases by 99.9%, putting polio on the brink of being only the second disease ever to be completely eradicated.
There are now only three polio endemic countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, and with a simple immunisation, children can be prevented from ever contracting this debilitating and potentially fatal illness.
Rotary International has been working with partner organisations to administer immunisations across the world, and during national immunisation days, many millions of children can be protected from polio. But more needs to be done if we are to succeed in ending polio for good.
Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have donated more than £19 million (US$30 million) to polio immunisation initiatives. Rotary members worldwide have, so far, raised US $900 million to fund polio immunisation activities and every penny raised goes to the project. Rotarians all work on a purely voluntary basis so funds are not drained away in administration costs.
You Can Help
The work they carry out is vital in the fight to end polio, and you can help by either making a donation or getting involved with your local Rotary club’s activities.
You can find out more about the fight against polio on the End Polio Now website. You can also make a donation to help Rotary in the fight against polio, or you can join or volunteer with your local Rotary club.