On October 24, each year Rotarians worldwide recognize World Polio Day.
It is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free of Polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end Polio for good.
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have made great strides to reduce polio cases by 99.9% worldwide over the past 35 years, and we’ve reduced the circulation of wild polio to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
However, the job is not finished. Each year we recommit to end polio for good to ensure that this paralyzing disease does not return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
From encouraging vaccine acceptance, to sharing factual vaccination information, to calling on elected officials to fund polio eradication, there are so many ways in which we can each support polio eradication efforts. We must all do our part to prevent polio outbreaks in our own communities and continue the march toward global eradication.
We have an opportunity to make history by ending polio, which will be only the second human disease ever to be eradicated, and the time for action is now--visit endpolio.org to learn more about how you can get involved.
John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024
Rotary District 6970