Since 1979, Rotarians around the world have worked to eradicate polio on our planet. Since the launch of the original initiative, the global incidence of polio cases has decreased by 99 percent. In March 2014 India, once deemed the most difficult place to end polio, was declared polio-free, making the entire Southeast Region polio-free.
As of February 11, 2014, Africa had no new cases of wild polio virus in six months, though the continent must mark three full years without a new case to be officially declared polio-free by World Health Organization. Until polio is stopped in the remaining endemic areas, all countries must maintain high levels of surveillance and immunization rates to rapidly detect any importation of the poliovirus and minimize its impact. Now that 99 percent of the world’s population lives in regions certified polio-free, the goal of eradication is closer than ever.
For more information on what you can do to advocate, education and donate for the eradication of polio please visit www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/end-polio.