• World Polio Day 2015

    Make History Today

    Join Rotary and UNICEF for a Livestream event at 6:30 EDT, October 23.

    Take Part


Help us reach a polio-free world and donate today. Every donation that we commit to polio eradication will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Global Update

How close are we to a polio-free world? What’s needed to finish the job? Can we make history together?

Join us on 23 October for our third annual World Polio Day event. We’ll be streaming live from New York City, so tune in at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time to watch a global status update on the fight to end polio and take part in the conversation. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors, and others.

If you can’t join us live, you can still be a part of this moment in history. Share your voice online, advocate with your government, or create your own World Polio Day event. Download the resources below to get started.

Add the event to your calendar. 

Take Part

No child anywhere should suffer from this completely preventable disease. As little as 60 cents worth of vaccine can protect against polio. We need your voice to end polio now. Download the resources below to join us and make an impact on World Polio Day.

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Tool Kit

Learn about polio eradication, how to get involved, and how to make your voice heard on World Polio Day.

World Polio Day tool kit

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Social media graphics

Share these graphics on your social networks to raise awareness and support for the final push to end polio.

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Media and Advocacy

Rotary and its partners cannot end polio alone. We need your help to secure support from governments, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and others.

Sample Press Release
Outreach Guide and Key Messages
Sample Letter to the Editor
Template Invitation Letter


We thank our generous sponsors, which include UNICEF, Global Benefits Group, Sanofi Pasteur, and Grant Thornton, for making our World Polio Day event possible and for showing their commitment to the fight to end polio.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact us.

Scenes from the field

This year, only two countries have reported polio cases caused by the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Africa has not seen a case in over a year, but our work isn’t done yet. These photos offer a glimpse into the effort to end the disease that once affected 350,000 children a year.



Fewer than 10 cases have been reported in Afghanistan so far in 2015. Strengthening immunization campaigns is key to stopping polio in the country.



According to experts, Pakistan will prove the biggest challenge to global eradication efforts, with the country accounting for nearly 90 percent of the world’s cases in 2014. However, we’ve seen recent progress in Pakistan, with the country reporting a near 75 percent reduction in cases in the first half of 2015 compared to the same time in 2014. 



Nigeria saw its last polio case on 24 July 2014. The World Health Organization may soon remove Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries. When all of Africa goes three years without a case of polio, WHO will certify the region as polio-free.