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Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to end polio worldwide.

  • For as little as 60 cents worth of oral polio vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Tremendous progress has been made toward ending polio worldwide.

  • In the 1980s, 1,000 children were infected by polio, a crippling and sometimes deadly disease, every day. In the two decades since Rotary and its global partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, polio cases have been slashed by 99 percent. Fewer than 1,900 cases were reported in 2005, but the disease still threatens children in Africa and Asia.

Rotary clubs around the world have contributed to the goal of eradicating polio.

  • Rotary members have donated their time and money to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.

  • Rotary is the largest private supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, providing more than US$650 million and thousands of volunteers to the effort.