ROTARY IS 'THIS CLOSE'

ROTARY IS ‘THIS CLOSE’

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. The goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since the organization’s first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Pictured are members of the Rotary Club of Greensburg #3437 in District #6580 highlighting the “This Close” symbol as eradication efforts continue. World Polio Day was Oct. 24, 2020.