End Polio Now


Polio amputees in India

PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For 30 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.

  • To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion.
  • Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine.
  • Rotary’s leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio, which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988.
  • Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunization Days to immunize children.
  • The PolioPlus program helps Rotary fund operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities. Read more about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunization Day (NID).  Additional info. can be found HERE.
  • Rotarians work to encourage both donor and polio-affected governments to commit the political and financial resources needed to eradicate polio.


Immunizing children in Pakistan

Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating polio. A strong push is needed now to end this tenacious disease once and for all. Contributions support immunization campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children


What Polio Eradication Costs

Upwards of US$1 billion per year from all sources is needed in donor contributions to fund the final eradication phase. (Visit http://www.polioeradication.org/ for the most updated figures.) This level of expense is expected to decrease as wild polio virus transmission is interrupted in the three remaining polio-endemic countries and outbreaks in previously polio-free countries are reduced. The Partners and budget for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is revised quarterly to reflect changes in epidemiology as well as financial contributions made by Rotary and other donors to the program.


 The purple finger is the sign of immunization in Ethiopia

READ MORE ON:  Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013–2018


New Campaign with the Gates Foundation for the Endgame

A new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication has begun.  Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018.  The value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million.  In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.


Past PolioPlus Chair Dennis showing we’re this close.

**New initiative launched in 2017

Join others in District 5100 in a pledge to contribute at least $100 annually until the World Health Organization certifies that polio has been fully eradicated and the world has been declared polio free.

More information and application available here: PolioPlus Application.


Norb Murray.