The fight to end polio is led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which includes Rotary, 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.
RotaryRotary 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 FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private source of funding for the GPEI. For every $1 donated to End Polio Now, up to $50 million per year, it gives $2 for polio eradication. It provides technical support and invests in research to enhance polio vaccines, surveillance, and outbreak response.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionThe CDC deploys epidemiologists, public health experts, and scientists to investigate outbreaks of polio, identify the strain of poliovirus involved, and pinpoint its geographic origin.
UNICEFUNICEF 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 OrganizationWHO 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.
As we continue to make progress toward a polio-free world, many public figures and celebrities have signed on to help Rotary spread the word.
Polio survivor, BBC contributor, and 2005 Gold medal winner - Paralympic World Cup
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Supermodel and humanitarian