Posted by Rhonda Dolan on Oct 03, 2019
In 1985, Rotary declared war on Polio. Today, we're THIS CLOSE to eradicating this disease from the face of the earth. World Polio Day is October 24, 2019. To increase awareness, we will co-host the Independence World Polio Day Commemoration event on October 16, 2019 at the BlendWell Community Cafe in Independence from 5:30-7:00.  Join polio survivors, medical professionals and Rotarians who have spent time on the front lines in the fight to end polio.  This is a FREE event and refreshments, knowledge and inspiration will be provided.  Join us!  #PeopleofAction#TogetherWeTransform
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end. 
With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.  
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit endpolio.orgto learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.