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Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been to rid the world of polio.



  • Globally, more than 2.5 billion children have been protected against the disease, reducing the number of cases by 99.9% from around 1,000 cases per day in 125 countries.

  • Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts and thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation every £1 we raise is matched 2-to-1 so is worth £3.

  • In August 2020, Rotary and the world celebrated a significant milestone, as the World Health Organization certified the Africa region, which includes 47 countries, free from wild polio.

  • This leaves just Pakistan and Afghanistan as the two remaining polio endemic countries in the world. But despite this momentous progress, more challenging work lies ahead to eradicate the disease for good.

  • Rotary has directly contributed more than US$2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985 including around US$8 thousand from the Rotary Club of Itchen Valley over the past 5 years.