End Polio Now

Welcome to the End Polio Now pages

End Polio Now is the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history.  For more than 30 years Rotary has led  the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. 

To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilised thousands of our members and friends.  They're working to ensure that children are immunised and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries.  Since the PolioPlus programme's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

Today more than 17 million people are walking who would have been paralysed by the disease. More than 1.5 million childhood deaths have been prevented. Once polio is eradicated, the world will be able to celebrate a major global advantage that will benefit all children, whatever their origins.

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 four years. Only in Pakistan and remote parts of Afghanistan is the Wild Type 1 polio virus circulating.

Click here for the RIBI End Polio Now Newsletter (November 2018)

Click here for tHE RIBI End Polio Now Newsletter (December 2018)

Below are links to leaflest and fact sheets. You can click on each one to download it. The first two are also available to buy from the End Polio Now Guernsey website

Click here for a useful Basic Fact Sheet

Click here for a useful information leaflet

Click here for a Polio Fact Sheet

Click here for the latest Summary of Facts and Figures

Latest position for 2019 (as at 9 July 2019)

41 WPV1 cases in Pakistan

10 WPV1 case in Afghanistan

24 cVDPV cases

Final position for 2018

21 WPV1 cases in Afghanistan

12 WPV1 cases in Pakistan

20 cases of cVDPV in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 13 in Somalia, 32 in Nigeria, 8 in Niger, 26 in Papua New Guinea and 1 in Mozambique.

Final position for 2017

8 WPV1 cases in Pakistan

14 WPV1 cases in Afghanistan

22 cases of cVDPV in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 74 cases of cVDPV in Syria.  To read a full account of cVDPV in Syria, click here. To read a summary, click here

How can you help?

Please continue to donate.
Every £1 helps and every £1 will be matched by £2 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Here is a link to more information about the campaign and how you can donate

There are some links to specific fund raising initiatives for End Polio Now on the menu on the right.

Guernsey Rotary Club End Polio Now shop. Click here to buy bears, clothing and lots of items you can sell to raise funds

To learn more about eradicating polio go to the RI website for polio eradication or the official website of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

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Purple4Polio - Crocus corms 2019 - orders open

Purple4Polio is RotaryGBI's campaign to publicise polio eradication

Photo courtesy of Colin Nichol   www.colinjmnicol.co.uk

Illuminating Buildings 2018

Could your Club illuminate a building with the End Polio Now or Purple4Polio logo? Find out how to do it here


Crocus Buttonholes Update

This page has details of why we wear crocus buttonholes and how to order a supply.

World Polio Day in the Scottish Parliament

World Polio Day


Purple Pinkie Days

Clubs are invited to hold a Purple Pinkie Day


Christmas Cards for End Polio Now 2018

Buy special Christmas Cards to raise funds for polio eradication


Eradication - the final stages

How do we reach the final goal of complete eradication? A polio free world is in sight as a major new step forward is taken in 155 countries.


Breathe Film - availability for Clubs

The Breathe film about polio survivor Andew Cavendish is available to Clubs for showing under certain conditions


Schools Crocus project

The Schools and Youth Groups Crocus Project enables young people to plant crocuses and to learn about polio eradication.


Help Rotary to eradicate polio. Give Now!

Polio would be only the second human disease ever eradicated. This page tells Rotary Clubs, Rotarians andmembers of the public where to go to donate.


Countdown to History! New funds from Gates

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have pledged more matching funds to Rotary International for polio eradication.


Selected videos on polio eradication

There are many excellent videos that you can find on Youtube that tell the story of polio eradication throughout the world. This page provides some quick links to a selection of recent ones.




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