Since the goal of a polio-free world was introduced by Rotary International in 1985, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. But Rotary's work is not done! The disease—considered at one time to be a “modern black plague” which crippled children and young adults by the millions—has not yet been eradicated in three 3rd world countries despite years of medical research and hard work.
An estimated US$850 million per year from all sources—including donor contributions—is still needed to fund the final eradication phase. This level of expense is expected to decrease as wild poliovirus transmission is interrupted in the four remaining polio-endemic countries and outbreaks in previously polio-free countries are reduced.
Local donations—both from Rotarians and from businesses and individuals in the local and worldwide community—will help Rotary International reach their ambitious goal. For more information on how you can help—or contribute—see www.rotary.org or click the button below.