Polioplus is Rotary’s priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio. It was launched in 1985 with the help of dr. Albert sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988 the world health assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio, and since that time, Rotary’s efforts, along with partner agencies, including the world health organization, the United Nations’ Children’s Fund, the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention, and governments around the world have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide. By the time the world is certified polio-tree, Rotary’s contributions to the global eradication effort will exceed $600,000,000.00 – making Rotary the largest non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.
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