Polio Eradication

Rotary, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, building on Rotary's Polio Plus program begun in 1985.  In 1007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined Rotary in its commitment to ending polio.

Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year.  Rotary, with matching funds from the Gates Foundation, has contributed more than $1.6 billion to end polio.

Since we started the fight agains polio, we've reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine.  There are fewer polio cases today than ever before, but we will not stop until we reach zero.  If polio is not eradicated, hundreds of thousands of children could be paralyzed.  Global health care costs would rise dramatically, and many children's quality of life would be drastically diminished.  

Join us in the fight to end polio.  Help us save lives and give chlldren a chance at a prosperous future. 

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You don't have to be a Rotarian to care...or to help.  Join the Rotary Club of Las Cruces and Rotarians around the world.  Click on the End Polio Now logo below or text "polio" to 90999 to make a gift.  Visit the websites of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of Rotary's End Polio Now, and of the Polio Eradication project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


16 Million Reasons To Be Optimistic About Polio

By Bill Gates (June 12, 2017)  People often ask me how I know the world is getting better.  I usually point to numbers like this one: Because of efforts to eradicate polio by groups like Rotary International, more than 16 million people are walking today who would otherwise have been paralyzed.  

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