Polio Eradication

 

It was Australia's Sir Clem Renouf who, as President of Rotary International in 1978 and 1979, led the international campaign to vaccinate every child against polio. As a result of these early efforts by Rotary, the global community came together in 1988 to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Since 1988, there has been a reduction in the number of polio cases by 99.9 per cent. Following the certification of India as polio-free in 2012, polio remains endemic in only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. The world now has polio eradication within its reach. This would be the second disease to be eradicated globally after small pox and a major victory for international aid and public health.

In 2012, the fight to end polio made historic progress. The year ended with the fewest wild polio cases, in the fewest places ever in history. Fewer than 250 cases were reported-- compared to 350,000 cases in 1985 when Rotary pioneered the effort. The polio vaccine is reaching children in some of the most remote regions on Earth. Nearly 430 million children were vaccinated against polio last year alone.

Rotary International will have contributed over $ 650 million by the time the world is Polio free.

Rotary and Gates Foundation extend fundraising agreement to End Polio Now. The new arrangement could raise US $525 million for global eradication effort Under the new agreement, announced before an audience of more than 20,000 Rotary members from 160 countries gathered in Lisbon for Rotary's 2013 Annual Convention, the Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through to 2018.

The Australian Government will provide $80 million over four years from 2015 to 2018 to help finish the job and achieve worldwide polio eradication. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister applauded the leadership shown by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Rotary International on polio. The Gates Foundation is contributing US$1.8 billion for the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018, which is one-third of the total budget.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio." 
-Bill Gates


The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe.

  • Possible Projects for District 9600 Clubs
  • Raise Funds for Polio Eradication
  • Raise community awareness of the Global Polio Eradication End Game
  • Raise community awareness of the need for ongoing vaccination (70,000 Australian children are not fully vaccinated* )
 -- AMA President Steve Hambleton Apr 11, 2013
 
Under a new agreement, announced before an audience of more than 20,000 Rotary members from 160 countries gathered in Lisbon for the humanitarian group's annual convention, the Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through 2018
 
 
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