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Success of Polio Immunisation To Date

20 Years of Progress

Polio Plus is a global partnership of Rotary, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the US Center for Disease Control. The campaign has been running for 20 years and the results are astounding.

In 1988 Polio was endemic in 125 countries

But to date in 2011only 120 new cases of Polio were reported for the year and Polio is endemic in just four countries:

Afghanistan (13 cases), India (1 case), Pakistan (33 cases) and Nigeria (8 cases).

This is due to the massive immunisation programme of Polio Plus, which has protected more than two billion children from the disease. Without the programme, five million children would have been disabled by the disease and 250,000 children killed.

So the aim is to make one last push, to rid the world of Polio once and for all.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said: “The extraordinary dedication of Rotary members has played a critical role in bringing polio to the brink of eradication.

"Eradicating polio will be one of the most significant public health accomplishments in history, and we are committed to helping reach that goal." So much so that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has made a huge donation to Rotary to help with this final push. With your help, too, the world can finally see the end of polio because as long as polio threatens even one child, children everywhere are at risk.

Only 4 countries where polio is still endemic