World Polio Day is coming up on the 24th October...

With just eleven cases of Polio in two countries in 2017, Rotary International – with strong support from 1,400 Rotary clubs across Australia and New Zealand – is edging towards ultimate victory in its campaign of 32 years to eradicate the dreaded Poliomyelitis virus from the world.

World Polio Day is coming up on the 24th October...

With just eleven cases of Polio in two countries in 2017, Rotary International – with strong support from 1,400 Rotary clubs across Australia and New Zealand – is edging towards ultimate victory in its campaign of 32 years to eradicate the dreaded Poliomyelitis virus from the world.

Rotary launched its worldwide campaign in 1985 when there were more than 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries around the world.

Just THREE endemic countries remain to be declared polio free – Pakistan (five cases in 2017), Afghanistan (six cases) and Nigeria (no cases since July, 2016).

The downward spiral of reported cases in recent years is significant – 359 in 2014, 74 in 2015, 37 in 2016, and just eleven so far in 2017.

Since 1985, Rotary has raised and invested US$1.9 billion in the campaign – and ongoing fund raising is vital to guarantee ultimate success.

Governments of the World have been magnificent in contributing many more millions. The Australian Government has promised a further $18 million in 2019/20 for a total commitment of $104 million since 2011; whilst the New Zealand government donated a
further $5 million last month for a total of $10.1 million to date.

Find out more and donate to this cause at https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day

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