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Creston Valley Rotary Club celebrates World Polio Day on October 24, 2020.  Each year our club and some individual members make contributions to PolioPlus campaigns of Rotary International (RI).
 
RI has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years.  Our goal of ridding the world of t his disease is closer than ever.
 
As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99,9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
 
Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries for this parlalyzing disease.  Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion too the effort.
 
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  But it's crucial to continue 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.