Africa now wild polio-free

Along with our partners, Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries.


It is with a great pride that Hythe & Waterside Rotary were notified directly by the President of Rotary International and the Chair of the Rotary Foundation that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

Many people in the local community have supported Hythe and Waterside Rotary in raising funds for End Polio Now and should, therefore, be recognised for their part in this amazing breakthrough.

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

Hythe & Waterside Rotary President Ray Lewis says “We are delighted at the news and we will now recommit ourselves to ending polio worldwide.  Our fundraising efforts for this cause will continue and we would like to thank all those who have supported us so far.”

Every donation to the Rotary 'End Polio Now' campaign

will be trebled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,

so every £1 will become £3.