Partners & Ambassadors

By working together with our partners, governments and communities around the world, we’ve immunized over 2.5 billion children in 122 countries.

Our Partners

The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary International, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, with the support of many others around the globe.
 
  
  • Rotary International

    Rotary uses its members’ skills and passion to build awareness, fundraise, and encourage governments to donate to and support polio eradication efforts. Over one million Rotary members have volunteered their time and resources to help end polio.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private funding source of the GPEI and matches all donations to Rotary for polio 2-to-1, up to $35 million per year. It provides technical support and invests in research to enhance polio vaccines, surveillance, and outbreak response.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The CDC deploys epidemiologists, public health experts, and scientists to investigate outbreaks of polio, identify the strain of poliovirus involved, and pinpoint its geographic origin.
  • UNICEF

    UNICEF buys polio vaccine and manages its distribution. The agency spreads the word about the benefits of vaccination to gain community acceptance. On the ground, field workers immunize children with the help of local health workers and volunteers.
  • World Health Organization

    WHO coordinates the management and administration of the GPEI and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring our progress and strategic planning.

Our Ambassadors

We are now “This Close” to achieving a polio-free world, and many public figures and celebrities have signed on to help Rotary spread the word.
 
Ade Adepitan
Polio survivor, television presenter and gold medal winner of the 2005 Paralympic World Cup
Angelique Kidjo
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Isabeli Fontana
Supermodel, mother of two, and activist

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