Posted by The Editor on Jan 26, 2018
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

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Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

By the numbers
  • $3   average cost to fully protect a child against polio
  • $430 million children in total vaccinated in 39 countries in 2017
  • $100 million cost to conduct polio surveillance worldwide
By the end of the day, World Polio Day 2017 had set new records:
  • Rotary-owned social media channels reached over 16 million users and received 5.9 million engagements, a 436% increase from 2016.
  • Over 85,000 posts featuring the campaign hashtags #endpolio, #endpolionow and #worldpolioday from over 42,000 users.
  • The World Polio Day livestream generated over 149,600 views in the first 7 days.
  • Online toolkit usage more than doubled global registration of over 3,600 grassroots World Polio Day events on
  • We engaged 130 influencers and celebrities, GPEI partners and Rotary channels to gain 2.7 million social engagements across their social channels and our own.
  • Finally, End Polio Now drove over $335,000 in online donations, which will net to $1,005,000 with the Gates Foundation match.