Rotary Club of Sedona Village celebrates World Polio Eradication Day
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village marks over three decades of relentless support in the global battle against polio.
Launching the PolioPlus program in 1993, Rotary initiated a global effort to eradicate polio. As a key player in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.
Remarkable achievements include $2.2 billion in contributions, enabling vaccinations for nearly 3 billion children across 122 countries. Rotary’s advocacy led to governments contributing over $10 billion to the cause. Today, global polio cases are down 99.9%, with only Afghanistan and Pakistan reporting wild poliovirus cases.
Oct. 24 is World Polio Eradication Day.
Despite challenges, Rotary remains committed, with a yearly goal of raising $50 million, matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Over 1 million Rotary members globally donate their time and resources to the cause, working with healthcare partners to administer vaccines, distribute informational materials, and provide logistical support.
Visit endpolio.org to learn more about how you can get involved.