Rotary donates $40.4 million to help eliminate polio
The donation to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was made just after a milestone success in the fight against polio in Africa and, specifically, Nigeria. The nation has now had no new wild polio cases in over a year.
Polio may join smallpox as the second human disease ever eradicated on a global scale.
As of today, Rotary has financed vaccinations for children in 194 countries. The latest donation, which was made ahead of World Polio Day 2015, prioritizes nations where children are at the highest risk of having polio.
"We are in the final push to end polio, but as long as the disease exists anywhere in the world, all children are at risk," Michael McGovern, Rotary's International PolioPlus committee chair, said. "With just two endemic countries remaining – Pakistan and Afghanistan – we must continue to raise awareness and funds needed to end this paralyzing disease. Our grants show Rotary's commitment to staying the course until we wipe out polio forever."