Since 1988, we've seen a 99.9% worldwide reduction in polio cases
In August 2020 the World Health Organisation African Region was officially certified free of wild poliovirus.
With the African region certified as wild Polio-free, FIVE of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – will be free of the wild poliovirus.
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers travelling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
In 1996, Rotary and our partners joined with Nelson Mandela to jumpstart Africa’s commitment to polio eradication with the launch of the ‘Kick Polio Out of Africa’ campaign. Mandella’s call mobilised African nations and leaders across the continent to step up their efforts to reach EVERY child with polio vaccine.
Since 1996, nine BILLION doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided, averting an estimated 1.8 million cases of wild poliovirus on the continent - thanks to the dedicated efforts of thousands of Rotary members, health workers, traditional and religious leaders, parents, and country leaders.
Rotary and its members have contributed nearly US$980 million to eliminate polio in the African region.
For more than three years, we've seen wild polio cases in only two countries. Currently 37 cases in Afghanistan and 65 in Pakistan. Well done Rotary END POLIO NOW and partners!