Polio Plus – Eradication of Polio in The World

Part of the Rotary Foundations mission is the eradication of polio in the world. Click the link above to go to my support page which provides the means to donate specifically to help rid the world of polio once and for all.

What is polio?

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a paralyzing and potentially deadly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. The virus spreads from person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can then attack the nervous system.

In the 1980s, the world saw approximately 1,000 children paralysed by polio every day. In 2021-22 there were only 8 known wild polio cases worldwide. The world has never been so close to polio eradication. Small Pox has been eradicated, so it can be done! 

Polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan (1) and Pakistan (7). But it is also crucial to continue working 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.

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A woman opens the curtain to her home for Tayyaba Gul (right), of the Rotary Club of Islamabad, and Parveen Ajmal, Lady Health Worker, who are there to talk to women with families during a door-to-door polio eradication campaign in Nowshera, Pakistan. 04 August 2019.

Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your donation to this cause will matched 2-1 (tripled), getting us even closer to a polio-free world!

Like to know more? Just google Polio Plus or Rotary Foundation World Fund

What impact can one donation have?

  • For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.

The Video below is 28 min long but provides an understanding of the efforts to eradicate polio from the world.

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