End Polio Now


Welcome to the End Polio Now pages

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. 

Nearly 3 billion children have been vaccinated, preventing more than 18 million people being paralysed. More than 650,000 paralytic cases of polio are now prevented every year. More than 1.8 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 types 2 and 3 have been eradicated.  Only in Pakistan and remote parts of Afghanistan is the Wild Type 1 polio virus circulating.

On 25th August 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa region, was officially certified free from wild poliovirus , signifying a major milestone in the battle to eradicate the disease worldwide.

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries which make up the WHO’s African region and now means that five of the six WHO regions, which represent 90% of the world’s population, are free of wild polio.

Below are links to leaflets and fact sheets. You can click on each one to download it. The first two are also available to buy from the End Polio Now Guernsey website

Click here for a useful Basic Fact Sheet

Click here for a useful information leaflet

Latest position for 2023 (as at 29 November 2023)

10 cases of Wild Polio Virus in Pakistan (5) and Afghanistan (6).

373 cVDPV cases

Final position for 2022

30 cases of WPV1 

656 cVDPV cases

Final Position for 2021

5 cases of WPV1

583 cVDPV cases

A new oral vaccine eliminates the risk of vaccine derived polio and is yet another big step towards complete eradication.

Here is a link to more information about the campaign and how you can donate

For information about fund raising, go to the RotaryGBI Purple4Polio pages.

Guernsey Rotary Club End Polio Now shop. Click here to buy bears, clothing and lots of items you can sell to raise funds

To learn more about eradicating polio go to the RI website for polio eradication or the official website of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


End Polio Now pages:

Purple crocuses 2023

more This page will explain how to order purple crocuses for delivery in September 2023

Purple4Polio: What to do in 2023-24

more Purple4Polio is RotaryGBI's campaign to publicise polio eradication

Illuminating Buildings

more Could your Club illuminate a building with the End Polio Now or Purple4Polio logo? Find out how to do it here