Rotary aims to eradicate polio, a crippling and potentially fatal disease. Only four countries remain polio endemic. There is currently a $720 million funding gap for global eradication activities.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease that continues to strike children- mostly under age five. Every child deserves the right to walk, run, and play without the threat of paralysis from a disease that can be prevented. Today, only four countries in the world — Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan — remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 countries in 1988. However, all of the world’s children remain at risk as long as polio exists anywhere.
How will this project solve this problem?
Rotary aims to interrupt the transmission of polio by reaching children in affected and at-risk countries through routine immunization, National Immunization Days (NIDs), surveillance, and targeted mop-ups. This project will fund an NID in India.
Potential Long Term Impact
Once polio eradication is achieved, it will be only the second time (after smallpox) that a disease has been eliminated through human intervention. The $1 billion spent annually on polio immunization can be used for other public health concerns.
Total Funding Received to Date: $49,538
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $464,930
Total Funding Goal: $514,468