Rotary launched PolioPlus in 1985 and was a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. Through decades of commitment and work by Rotary and our partners, more than 2.5 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
 
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) includes Rotary, WHO, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
 
In 2019-2020, our own Adrian Froggatt was District 9820 Governor and his wife, Wendy, took on the Polio EndGame as her DG Partner's project.  The GPEI ‘Polio Endgame’ Strategy 2019-2023 aims for a world where no child will ever again be paralysed by any poliovirus anywhere.
 
On 25 August, the World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region was declared officially certified free of wild poliovirus. This certification comes four years after Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – recorded its final case of wild polio.
 
This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication.  It is also a rewarding outcome for the DG Partner's 'Polio EndGame' project.
 
Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. Without our polio eradication efforts, more than 17 million people who are currently healthy, would have been paralyzed by the virus.
 
This leaves Afghanistan and Pakistan as the only countries in the world in which polio is still endemic.
 
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