October Polio Campaign Kickoff
On Monday morning, October 24th, hundreds of Rotarians from Prosser and Yakima in the US to Revelstoke and Clearwater in Canada were out on the streets from 7am until 9am. This campaign is designed to raise public awareness of Rotary International's battle to eradicate polio once and for all.
Polio has almost been Eradicated
Rotary Clubs around the world have been working since 1985 to completely eradicate Polio. Once Polio has been wiped off the face of the earth, then vaccinations for polio can stop. It's been done for Smallpox, it will happen for Polio.
This is important because there is no cure for Polio, only prevention. And when just one case of polio still exists, the whole world is in danger of being infected. It is an issue that affects us here in North America as the disease is only a short plane ride away and it could again become a huge problem like it was in the 1950's.
34,000 Rotary Clubs world wide are combining forces to raise $200 Million in conjunction with the Gates Foundation grant of $355 Million to get the job done once and for all.
We are very close to the target now. Of the three types of Polio, type 2 has already been eradicated, leaving o nly types 1 and 3 in the wild. With the stepped up efforts of Rotary and its partners, the job is almost done.