End Polio Now is the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history. For more than 30 years Rotary has led the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease.
To eradicate polio, Rotarians have mobilised thousands of our members and friends. They're working to ensure that children are immunised and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus programme's inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Today more than 17 million people are walking who would have been paralysed by the disease. More than 1.5 million childhood deaths have been prevented. Once polio is eradicated, the world will be able to celebrate a major global advantage that will benefit all children, whatever their origins.
The goal of a polio free world is tantalisingly close. Wild polio virus type 2 has been eradicated and there have been no cases of type 3 for four years. Only in Pakistan and remote parts of Afghanistan is the Wild Type 1 polio virus circulating.
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