Rotary marks World Polio Day 2014 with US$44.7 million in grants to fight polio in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Polio still threatens children today, robbing them of their mobility and so much more. There is no cure, but polio is completely preventable with a vaccine.
Thanks to vaccination campaigns that have protected millions, a disease that once paralyzed 1,000 children each day is now almost history. Rotary and its partners have brought cases down 99 percent since 1988, and saved more than 10 million people from paralysis.
Wiping a disease from the face of the earth is not easy, and the final push is the most challenging.
On October 24 - World Polio Day – Rotary is streaming a live, worldwide web event that begins at 6:30 p.m. CT. The event will feature world-class performers, athletes and experts. Tune in and learn more by going to www.endpolio.org to learn about the fight to end polio, the challenges that remain, and how private citizens, corporations, and non-profits can join in the historic final push.
B-roll of polio immunizations in Pakistan, Nigeria and Cote d'Ivoire. Sound bites from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko, Rotary National PolioPlus Committee Chair for Nigeria Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary National PolioPlus Committee Chair for Pakistan Aziz Memon and Rotary National PolioPlus Committee Chair for Afghanistan Mohammad Ishaq Niazmand.