The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe.
Rotary International, with 34,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985.
To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.7 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunise more than two billion children in 122 countries.
The number of new polio cases, a disease that once paralysed more than 1,000 children every day, has dropped more than 99 percent since the 1980s.
There are now only two polio endemic countries; Afghanistan & Pakistan. There is now only one remaining type of wild polio virus i.e. type 1.
We take an active role in being an advocate for the eradication of polio. We have;
In July 2013, club members helped Rotary's End Polio Now campaign by cycling 165-miles around Kent and raised £10,800 to help conquer this crippling disease - Rotarians cycling so children may walk.
On 23 Feb 2016, president Steve Wood Walked the O2 Dome in aid of End Polio now. president Chris Porter also undertook the same challenge in 2018.
Our club also provides annual payments to The Rotary Foundation polio fund to continue the battle to eradicate this dreadful disease from the world.
Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio from the world is known as End Polio Now. More information can be found on the End Polio Now webpage.
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