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 16 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 and Nigeria is the Wild Type 1 polio virus circulating.

An Endgame Strategy is in place to complete eradication by 2019.

Click here to see the Countdown to History Action Plan for 2017-18

Click here for the latest Zone 17 End Polio Now newsletter

Latest position for 2017 (as at 5 December 2017) 

5 WPV1 cases in Pakistan

11 WPV1 cases in Afghanistan

There have also been 10 cases of cVDPV in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a recent report of 70 cases of cVDPV in Syria. Although this is disappointing, it is not a setback and vaccination programmes in Syria have been stepped up. To read a full account of cVDPV in Syria, click here. To read a summary, click here.

Final position for 2016

Just 20 cases of WPV1 in Pakistan compared with 53 in 2015. A recent report shows that the cases are confined to fewer districts in Pakistan and the percentage of WPV in environmental samples has halved.

13 cases in Afghanistan compared with 19 in 2015.

4 cases in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. Unfortunately this has resulted in Nigeria being returned to the list of polio-endemic countries.  Rotary remains steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa. Rotary members in Nigeria are already hard at work to support the outbreak response, and our network will also be tapped to quickly protect children in surrounding countries.

Final position for 2015

74 cases were reported for 2015 compared with 359 cases in 2014.

There were only 54 cases in Pakistan compared with 306 cases in 2014.

There were 20 cases in Afghanistan compared with 28 cases in 2014.

There have been no cases in any of the 6 non-endemic countries that had cases in 2014.

Building a base for tackling other health issues

Through efforts to end polio in Nigeria and Africa, the world has learned important lessons that are already being applied to address other health issues. Our investments in the polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria, for example, helped the government stop the outbreak of Ebola. The polio surveillance network, which monitors cases of polio, has been employed to identify and track suspected Ebola cases, contributing to Nigeria’s successful response.

Polio vaccination has also been combined with other critically needed health care interventions, like providing measles vaccination, vitamin A, and insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria.

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. We have pull up banners that you can borrow for events. Email Janet Lowe to borrow them.
The Gates Foundation has announced a major new partnership with Rotary. Every year from 2013 until 2018, the Gates Foundation will match Rotary contributions to End Polio Now on a two for one basis up to $70 million per year. So if we in Rotary can raise $35M per year, Gates will put in $70M per year. Please help us!

Email your MP to ask for continued support from the UK Government.

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

There are many excellent videos about the polio eradication programme.  Find a selection of these videos here.

Here are some links to specific fund raising initiatives for End Polio Now.

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

Purple crocus buttonholes.  Click here for more information.

Purple4Polio.  Click here for more information

Purple4Polio Jam.  Click here for more information

Rotary Schools Crocus project. Click here for more information.

Swimarathon. Click here for more information.

Purple Clothes Day. Click here for the RIBI page.

World's Greatest Meal. Click here to go the RotaryGBI Purple4Polio menu.

To learn more about eradicating polio go to the RI website for polio eradication or the official website of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
This is the place to go for current information, weekly updates and the Tools And Library section is particularly helpful.

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