Posted by Steve Lettau on Mar 17, 2021

Impact of Rotary’s End Polio work

Through a series of charts and quick facts, IPPC chair Mike McGovern put into simple numbers the impact of the work done by Rotarians on polio eradication across the world.

  • 19 million people are now walking on earth, who would have been otherwise paralysed due to the polio virus
  • An estimated 650,000 cases are being avoided every year
  • Since 1988, three billion children have been given oral polio drops
  • In 2019, 430 million children were given polio vaccine in over 40 countries using 1.2 billion oral polio vaccine doses
  • The world has seen four years without a single case of wild poliovirus outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Rotary has helped with other vaccine preventable diseases through the PolioPlus programme and assisted the world in responding to both Ebola and Covid-19