Polio is a terrible disease that is still threatening mainly children, particularly under the age of five. Great progress has been made so far, but the guard should not be lowered. As reported by the Rotary official web-site, fewer than 250 polio cases were reported worldwide in 2012, which is a 99% reduction since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day. If we don’t stay the course, experts say polio could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus Program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication. In 1988, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed, as a public-private partnership including 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. Many Rotarians around the world have donated their time and personal resources to this project. Get involved!
For more information: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/end-polio