End Polio Now

Rotary's remarkable commitment. Working with an incredible network of people, we really are so close to eradicating polio.

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On these pages you can find links to useful resources such as Youtube videos from the World Health Organisation, photos of our Rotary clubs' activities around the district, information on the history of polio, our district newsletters, the order form for the crocus corms, news items on the websites of Rotary in Britain and Ireland and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


Rotary’s involvement in the programme to make Polio only the second disease to be eradicated from the world dates back to 1979 when Rotary funded a Polio immunisation programme of 6 million children in the Philippines.

In 1985 Rotary International committed to lead a worldwide campaign to eradicate the disease. At this time, Polio was endemic in 125 countries and over 1,000 children were paralysed worldwide everyday!

The cost of programme has been huge. The EndGame Strategy launched in May 2019 by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and which cover 2019 to 2023 states that the campaign will cost 4.2 billion US dollars and that of that amount 3.27 billion US dollars is still needed. Read more about this on the polio news pages of the Rotary in Britain and Ireland website.

Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District continue to support the polio campaign, raising funds and raising awareness, lighting up buildings, planting crocus corms with local schools, holding charity golf days, hosting world polio day dinners to name just a few.

Over the last few years our clubs have raised a significant amount of money, all of which has been matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

From July 2015 to June 2019 we have raised 267,231 US dollars matched by 534,462 US dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation! 

Working in partnership

Rotary is a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership led by national governments with five partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.

See the Latest Figures on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative website THIS WEEK

Please help us to END POLIO NOW, we need to Finish The Job.

updated July 2019 - K Eveleigh

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Polio Eradication - useful resources and links

District resources, links to RIBI and RI pages and to the World Polio Eradication Initiative pages

Dr Abdi Mahamud

A personal update on polio eradication in Pakistan

report of a presentation in Oxford on 14th October 2019 by Dr Abdi Mahamud, the Polio Eradication Initiative National Team Leader for the World Health Organisation in Pakistan


Purple 4 Polio Crocuses for 2021

Following the success of our crocus planting over the last two years, find out how your Rotary Club or RHS Group can help paint District 1090 in the Thames Valley even more Purple4Polio in the Spring of 2021.

Vaccines Work - World Immunisation Week 2020

World Immunisation Week 2020

from 23rd to 30th April 2020 the World Health Organisation, Rotary and their partners promote the importance of vaccinations


Crocuses in Bloom around the District

All the hard work in October and November was worth it - the Thames Valley turns purple

using an iron lung

The History of Polio

the history of polio, the vaccine and the eradication programme

Ade Adepitan

Polio Ambassadors across Britain and Ireland

Rotary's polio campaign is supported by many famous faces

You're never too young to be a responsible citizen!

Growing Together to End Polio Now

Rotary clubs and their Purple4Polio partners all over the District are well under-way with their crocus planting to raise awareness for End Polio Now.


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