WHAT IS POLIO?
Poliomyelitis, more commonly known as Poliovirus or just Polio, is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. It attacks the nervous system and can lead to paralysis in some cases. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine. Rotary has been using this vaccine to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
The 5th Annual World Polio Day will be held on October 24 and will be live streamed from the Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
ERADICATION OF POLIO
Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years. We are so close to finally putting an end to this terrible disease. The only countries in the world where polio remains are Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Rotary has reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988.
Rotary works together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in efforts to end this disease. Please visit the End Polio Now website to learn more and to consider donating to this great cause. Just because there has been such tremendous progress doesn’t mean the fight stops now. We have to continue to work hard to make sure there is never a confirmed case of Polio again.