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Rotary celebrates World Polio Day

Rotarians worldwide are preparing for World Polio Day on Oct. 24. The event will be streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington, to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Join us as global health experts and celebrities share our progress on the road to polio eradication.

The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10, so far, this year has required time, money, dedication and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the disease.

Thanks to the efforts of Rotary and its partners, more than 16 million people who otherwise might have been paralyzed are walking today. In all, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated since 1988.