Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie
Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie

End Polio Now

Rotary, a humanitarian service organization with nearly 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985.  Rotary has since contributed US$1.3 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.   

A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death.  There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.   

Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced 99% from 350,000 a year to about 400 in 2013. In 2014, Southeast Asia was certified polio-free after India eliminated the disease from its borders, an incredible feat for a country once considered the hardest place on earth to stop polio.

In 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization declared polio to be a public health emergency of international concern. As such, WHO urges polio-impacted countries to ensure travelers leaving their borders are immunized against the disease. This decision puts additional measures in place to ensure we protect our incredible progress against the disease, and also end the remaining 1% of cases.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.endpolionow.org 

 

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