End Polio Now
Polio must be wiped out to make sure no child falls prey to this paralysing and sometimes fatal illness. In 2019 only Afghanistan & Pakistan remain endemic with the polio virus
In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial pledge of US$120 million.
From 2013 to 2018, every US$1 Rotary commits to WHO and UNICEF in direct support for polio immunization will be doubled (up to us$35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The goal of a polio free world is tantalisingly close. Wild polio virus type 2 has been eradicated and there have been no cases of type 3 for two years. Only in Pakistan and remote parts of Afghanistan is the Wild Type 1 polio virus circulating.
The World Health Organisation has removed Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries. In addition to the notable progress in Nigeria, no new cases of polio have been reported anywhere in Africa since August 2014. Experts strongly caution that it is too soon to fully celebrate. Nigeria needs to go an additional two years without polio to be certified polio-free. Funding and support for high-quality immunisation campaigns and surveillance activities will be key to sustaining current gains.
Pakistan is now the main focus. There is now the political will and civic society support but polio eradication there hinges on Rotary involvement - in advocacy, fund raising and mobilisation.
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