District 5110 PolioPlus Chair – Nelson Maler (Rotary Club of Grants Pass)
Polio is a fatal disease that cripples and kills mostly children under the age of 5. Rotary’s number one priority since 1985, has been the eradication of Polio. In 1985 there were 350,000 cases per year in 125 countries. Today there are only 2 countries that have never been certified Polio free (Pakistan and Afghanistan). Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, Nigeria and the entire continent of Africa were Polio free in 2015. We must continue to vaccinate children in these regions, because as long as Polio exists anywhere, all children are at risk.
Rotary has contributed both funds and volunteer efforts to assist in the eradication of Polio. Unfortunately, all of the time, effort, and money spent on this cause will be wasted unless we can put an end to Polio for good. Without the help of individual Rotarians, the disease remains a threat as it continues to spread in remaining countries and can just as easily make its way back to the United States. “If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” Bill Gates
End Polio Now
The ways Rotarians can help end Polio include:
- Join the PolioPlus Society – Pledge $100, or more, each year until polio is eradicated.
Find out more about:
- Improving public health infrastructures
- Tracking potential Polio incidents
- Maintaining routine, high levels of immunization
- Holding National Immunization drives in any of the countries where Polio exists or at risk countries for all children under the age of five
- Re-immunizing areas where cases of Polio have been reported
- Donating to the PolioPlus Fund