[WAHPETON – APRIL 23, 2020—] The Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary Club has contributed $1,500 to PolioPlus, a program began by Rotary International to eradicate polio. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes PolioPlus, will be offering its tools, workforce and extensive surveillance network to support countries as they respond to COVID-19. All funds donated to PolioPlus are matched 2 to 1 by our partner of over ten years, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. With over 2.5 billion children vaccinated, polio has very nearly been eradicated worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic response requires a similar worldwide solidarity and urgent global effort. We are proud that in the ever -connected world of global health, the polio infrastructure that Rotarians have helped build is already being used to address—and stop the spread of—the new coronavirus. We are thankful to all front-line workers going above and beyond during this time and are confident that Rotary support will help alleviate some strains on workforce and equipment. We are all in this together and look forward to the day when we can reflect on this time of global cooperation as a turning point in our mission to fight disease and improve the quality of life of people worldwide.
It is imperative that we remain committed to our work eradicating polio. Learn more about how our work fighting polio is supporting the COVID-19 response and consider making a contribution to PolioPlus.