Warsaw-Wilanów Rotary Club is proud to have been recognised by the Governor of Rotary District 2230, which brings together all Rotary Clubs in Poland, Ukraine and Belorus as the largest donor in the District to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus campaign in 2001-2010.
Since 1988, Rotary International and its partners — the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — have worked to wipe polio from the face of the earth. Rotary has contributed more than US$900 million to the polio eradication effort and has helped raise more than $8 billion from donor governments.
Thanks to Rotary and its partners, the world has seen polio cases plummet by more than 99 percent, preventing five million instances of child paralysis and 250,000 deaths. When Rotary began its eradication work, polio infected more than 350,000 children annually. In 2009, fewer than 1,700 cases were reported worldwide.
The polio cases represented by that final 1 percent are the most difficult and expensive to prevent. Challenges include geographic isolation, worker fatigue, armed conflict, and cultural barriers.
Rotary International is now working to raise US$200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to End Polio Now.