Eradicating Polio

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Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to eradicate polio. They’re working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease, despite weak infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife prevailing in many countries. Since the PolioPlus program began in 1985, more than 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge is The Rotary Foundation’s response to $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help wipe out polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus counts toward the $200 million match.