In 1985 Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio

In 1985 Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since then Rotary has been a partner with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world to achieve this aim.

But it really all started in 1979 with a five-year commitment to provide and help deliver polio vaccine to six million children in the Philippines. It was the first project of the new Health, Hunger, and Humanity (3-H) programme. In the next four years, similar five-year commitments were approved for Haiti, Bolivia, Morocco, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia.

Compared to 1985 there has been a 99.7% reduction in the number of cases of polio worldwide but the fight is not over, though the end is tantalisingly close. In recent times, multi-million dollar grants awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation significantly helped Rotary towards achieving its aim of eradication.

The challenge now is to act as advocates to help bring this programme to a conclusion and to that end clubs are encouraged to use one of the following templates to write to their MP, MEP and Business Leaders:

Template for writing to your MP

Template for writing to your MEP

Template for writing to Business Leaders

Additional information is available on the new End Polio Now website, where you will also be able to read the latest news and discover how Rotarians and clubs can help bring the campaign to a successful conclusion. 

Contact Mike Yates (New Mills, Marple & District) with queries or requests for assistance with this programme.

Clubs can still support either the End Polio Now or the End Polio Now Partners programmes by sending donations to The Rotary Foundation and specifying which programme is to benefit from their donation

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