Polio is a disease that has crippled and maimed children since before 144 BC. We know this to be true due to the existence of hieroglyphics on ancient walls in Egypt showing its devastating effects.
In 1985 Rotary launched the Polio Plus project to rid the world of this disease. Since then, Rotary and its partners have travelled the world inoculating children one drop at a time. Due to these efforts Rotary has reduced the number of cases from 350,000 annually in 1985 to fewer than 400 in 2014 and to only 74 cases in 2015. By 2018 there were only 33 new cases of Polio reported world wide and as of late February 2019 there has only been 6 cases reported in the world.
Rotary, through the PolioPlus campaign, has reduced the number of polio cases worldwide by 99 percent, and the virus remains endemic in just three countries -- Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
Rotary is committed to ridding the world of this dreaded disease. Very soon a disease that has plagued man for over 22 centuries will be gone forever.
When we have succeeded Polio will be only the second disease ever eradicated from our planet....and we did it in our spare time!
Join us in our last push to eliminate this crippling disease from our planet.
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