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.
Latest position for 2018 (as at 21 Octoberber 2018)
16 WPV1 cases in Afghanistan
4 WPV1 cases in Pakistan
15 cases of cVDPV in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 14 in Somalia, 16 in Nigeria, 7 in Niger and 18 in Papua New Guinea.
Final position for 2017
8 WPV1 cases in Pakistan
14 WPV1 cases in Afghanistan
There were also 22 cases of cVDPV in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 74 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
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.
Website template available for Rotary clubs in Great Britain & Ireland · For clubs elsewhere, see www.rotary-site.org
Accesibility, Cookies etc
Every effort has been made to ensure that the original template pages for this site are W3C compatible.
However, as the content of pages is supplied by the club, such content may not be compatible.
We use Google Analytics to make sure our statistics are reliable.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.
Some pages may have cookies used to integrate with Social Media sites, so that, for example, if you are logged into Facebook, you can 'like' pages.
We do not collect personal data in the public area of the site - if you complete a contact form, for example, your email address is not stored in a database for re-use, nor is any information passed to third parties.