• 19-DEC-2012

Polio Immunizations

Polio cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent since 1988, when Rotary partnered with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. When the initiative began, polio infected about 350,000 children a year, compared with fewer than 700 for all of 2011. Rotary's chief responsibilities are fundraising and advocacy. To date, Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed nearly $1.2 billion. In addition to fundraising and advocacy, Rotary members also have also dedicated countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than 2 billion children against polio.