Viral diseases have been debilitating, increased poverty, and caused fear throughout human history.
In 1977 governments, parents, and the medically finally took a moment to reflect on a momentous achievement. The world eradicated smallpox.
Several years ago Rotary International decided it would focus its organization, fundraising, and people towards freeing millions of children and their families from a debilitating disease that was steeling their children’s lives and debilitating the survivors.
Just a little more than 25 years ago, polio was endemic to 125 countries. Each year the disease would paralyze or kill up to 350,000 people, mostly children. Due to the drive, energy, and commitment behind governments, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International, medical communities, and countless volunteers, the disease is only in three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Globally only 215 people became infected with polio in 2012.
You can join Rotary International and our club in the fight against polio by joining our local fundraising campaigns and adding your photo to the world’s longest commercial. Please click on the image above or visit endPolionow.org.