• 12-JAN-2012

  • SOURCE: Rotary International

Rotary Celebrates India's First Polio-Free Year, But Cautions The Job Is Not Yet Finished

Rotary Celebrates India's First Polio-Free Year
Rotary members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease polio: India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone a full calendar year without recording a new case.

Leaders of the humanitarian service organization see the Jan. 13 milestone as a testament to the determination of its international membership of 1.2 million – and especially the 116,000-plus Rotarians of India – to eradicate the infectious disease through the mass immunization of children, a goal Rotary took on 27 years ago.