The End Polio Now Campaign is Rotary’s flagship international project. The aim is to rid the world of the wild polio virus which has devastated so many lives in the past. Over the last 25 years the number of cases world-wide has been reduced from 10s of thousands to almost single figures.
Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.
Since we started the fight against polio, we’ve reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine. There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but we will not stop until we reach zero. If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed. Global health care costs would rise dramatically, and many children’s quality of life would be drastically diminished.
Join us in the fight to end polio and help us save lives and give a child a chance at a prosperous future.
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