Why Zero Matters
Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% worldwide since 1988, but it is critical for us to continue our efforts to eradicate the disease for good.
A Resurgence of Polio
If polio is not fully eradicated, we could see a global resurgence of the disease with as many as 200,000 new cases each year over the next 10 years, all over the world.
As we get closer to ending polio, we need to increase disease detection, also known as surveillance, to ensure the virus is truly gone from every corner of the world. Given that only one in 200 cases of polio results in paralysis, we rely on the program's extensive surveillance and laboratory network to tell us where polio does (and does not) exist.
What Your Money Buys:
In January 2023, Rotary gave USD$50 million in grants to our partners WHO and UNICEF for polio eradication activities. The money will pay for technical expertise, social mobilization, and more. Some examples of how the money was used:
In Afghanistan:Stipends for 56,445 vaccinators and 630 mobilizer vaccinators to promote community dialogue and address barriers to vaccination
In Afghanistan:100,000 soap bars and 51,000 baby blankets to engage communities and promote hygiene and boost vaccination
In Pakistan:Support for 187,000 mobile vaccinators and 400 union council polio vaccination support officers
In Nigeria:Transport for 11,520 polio specimens per month to two national laboratories