Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

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As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

As of the spring of 2023, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

RI District 6270's PolioPlus Society is a program to promote individuals giving to PolioPlus.  Members of the Society agree to give $100 per year toward polio eradication until polio is wiped out of the world.

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FLIGHT TO END POLIO - One Engine, Two Pilots, and a 2:1 Donation Match  Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels are raising awareness for polio eradication by piloting a single-engine aircraft all the way around the globe! Both Peter and John are pilots, Rotarians, and members of the Fellowship of Flying Rotarians.

Thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, your donation will be matched 2:1, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.

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