Our Projects/ End Polio Now!
Africa at last Polio Free, but still a few cases in Pakistan and Afghanistan
In October, Club members with help from Burton Parks and Gardens department planted 4000 purple crocuses in the shape of the Rotary wheel in the Monks garden, the former churchyard of St Modwyn’s Church. The purple crocus symbolises the world-wide Rotary-led campaign against Polio.
Since launching its polio eradication programme in 1985, Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to fight polio, and countless volunteer hours. When the initiative was launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio every year. Today this has been reduced by 99.9 %. Africa has recently been declared polio free, but the challenge is not over, as the virus continues to circulate in Pakistan and Afghanistan.