Longbenton with Killingworth Rotary Club
End Polio Now
Rotary International became involved in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988 at a time when only 10% of the worlds children lived in polio free countries and 1,000 children were paralysed by polio each day.
By 2017, 95% of the worlds children lived in polio free countries with only 22 cases of wild polio virus being reported worldwide.
Rotary has contributed a staggering $2.2 billion (including $985 million matched funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to polio eradication efforts. The Club plays its part in raising awareness of this effort and in raising funding.