PolioPlus and PolioPlus Partners

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There is continued financial need for polio eradication. An estimated $1.4 Billion was announced at the 2017 Rotary International Convention but on that same day R.I. raised $1.2 Billion.  Rotarians and District 6000 Rotary Clubs who wish to help eradicate polio should give preference to providing financial assistance to PolioPlus.

For contribution procedures contact:
PDG Susan Herrick, Chair
C) 515-298-1536
s.herrick@mchsi.com

 
In 1985, Rotary International promised the children of the world that they would eradicate Polio from the planet.   Rotary International and Rotarians accepted that challenge and conducted a massive fund raising effort during 1987 and raised $219 million.  During 1988 in 125 countries in the world which were considered Poliovirus endemic, 1,000 children a day were stricken by the Poliovirus which totaled about 350,000 children annually.
 
Vaccinations easily can stave off polio. Vaccinations have prevented an estimated 500,000 children per year from contracting polio. A child can be protected against polio for as little as 60 cents (US) worth of vaccine.
 
Rotary International is the spearheading member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and is the largest private sector donor. It has contributed more than US$600 million to the polio eradication activities in 122 countries. In addition, tens of thousands of Rotarians have partnered with their national ministries of health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and with health providers at the grassroots level in thousands of communities. We were joined by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation who currently are matching every dollar given by Rotarians with $2.00 US to eradicate Polio.
  
Only THREE countries are still polio endemic - Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  At the beginning of the 2017-2018 Rotary Year there have only been SIX wild polio virus cases reported in the world. These cases occurred in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  There have been no further cases in Nigeria since August of 2016.
 
PolioPlus Partners is a Rotary Foundation program by which Rotary clubs, districts and individual Rotarians may voluntarily assist in reaching Rotary's goal of a polio-free world. They support the immunization activities of Rotary and its worldwide partners, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by keeping Rotarians informed of progress, promoting accurate media coverage, volunteering in National Immunization Days (NIDs) and providing needed resources in regions with, or at risk, for polio.
 
It is our goal to make 2017 the last year to have a wild polio virus case of polio in the world!
 
Since 1987, District 6000 Rotarians have made significant monetary contributions and many Rotarians have participated in National Immunization Days.   Anyone interested in participating in a future NIDs should contact the PolioPlus Office at The Rotary Foundation in Evanston, IL.
 
A Polio-free world is within our grasp!  Join Rotary in making ZERO the magic number!