Restricted Giving – PolioPlus: Global Polio Eradication Effort

Purpose: Eradicate polio. Protect a child against polio for as little as US$0.60 cents of vaccine. By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed US$1.2 billion.

Global certification of polio eradication will be achieved when no wild polio virus associated cases have occurred for at least three years. More than 500,000 cases of polio are now prevented each year by the efforts of governments and the partnership of the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the overseas development agencies of donor nations.

Since 1985 more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. The number of countries which continue to be polio endemic has declined from over 125 countries in 1985 to 3 countries in 2013 (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan). The number of polio cases has declined by more than 99% since 1985.

The greatest obstacles to final victory are cultural attitudes and practices, war conditions and insufficient funding. Money is still needed for vaccine and its delivery through National Immunisation Days, and surveillance systems needed to identify remaining pockets of the disease.

Contact person:  Stephen Fisher