• World Polio Day 2016

    Join Rotary for World Polio Day on October 24 to support polio eradication. Learn how you can celebrate with us.

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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.


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Take Part

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. Check back soon for additional resources.

How to celebrate World Polio Day
Event Planning Guide


Social media graphics

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

World Polio Day social media messages
World Polio Day share graphics 
World Polio Day Facebook cover photos
World Polio Day Twitter Cover Photos

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. Check back soon for the resources listed below. 

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


We thank our generous sponsors, which include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF 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 nearly two years, 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 2016. Strengthening immunization campaigns is key to stopping polio in the country.



According to experts, Pakistan will prove the biggest challenge to global eradication efforts. However, we’ve seen recent progress in Pakistan, with the country reporting a near 50 percent reduction in cases in 2016 compared to the same time in 2015. 



Nigeria saw its last polio case on 24 July 2014. When all of Africa goes three years without a case of polio, WHO will certify the region as polio-free.