SInce the mid 1980s Rotarians the world over have raised some US$800 million to eradicate polio. From being a worldwide scourge, polio is now endemic in only three countries. Rotary and its partners now need to make a final push to kill off the polio virus, once and for all. We are so close to our goal.
In 2009 Bill Gates - of Microsoft fame - through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pledged US$355 million if Rotarians raised $200 million by June 2012. Rotarians reached the target 5 months ahead of schedule.
The money will be used in mass immunisation programmes in the three remaining affected countries.
Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have extended their partnership during the critical endgame phase of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. From 2013 to 2018, every US dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will instantly become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Join Rotary in the final push to end polio and help make history today.