-Polio Eradication

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Decades ago, polio outbreaks were a constant threat around the world. After the introduction of polio vaccines by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin and a steadfast immunization effort, these outbreaks became part of history in most of the world.

Yet many still live under the threat of polio, which is why Rotary and its global partners are committed to reaching every child with the vaccine and ending this disease worldwide.

Major gains have been made in the global fight against polio:
  • In the 1980s, 1,000 children were infected by the disease every day in 125 countries. Today, polio cases have declined by 99 percent, with fewer than two thousand cases reported in 2006.
  • Two billion children have been immunized, five million have been spared disability, and over 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented.

Contribute to Rotary's $100 Million Challenge

Rotary's US$100 Million Challenge, a three-year fundraising commitment, is the Rotary Foundation's response to the $100 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus during the next three years will be counted toward the $100 million match.

 

For more information, see the web site below:

http://www.polioeradication.org/

CONTACT:

Doug Wesselschmidt
Shawnee Rotary Club
dwesselschmidt@cityofshawnee.org