Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
Your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. You can maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser. Get some ideas.
Help get the word out about our efforts to fight polio.
- Make it personal by posting about polio on Facebook or Twitter.
- Keep informed by following our campaign to end polio on Facebook and Twitter.
- Add your photo to show others that we are “This close” to a polio-free world.
- Harness the power of the press by writing an opinion piece or a letter to the editor.
- Take a course to learn how you can help eradicate polio.
Become an advocate
Make sure policymakers know how important it is to eliminate polio. You can:
- Sign a petition urging world leaders to fund the final push to end polio.
- Write to your government officials, or better yet, invite them to a Rotary meeting to learn what they can do to support our fight against polio.
Reference & resources
- A Rotarian’s Guide to Advocacy for Polio Eradication
- Advocacy flier
- Outreach tips
- How to illuminate a building/monument with the End Polio Now logo
- Global Polio Eradication Initiative