Letter: 40th anniversary of the global battle to end polio

40th anniversary of the
global battle to end polio

World Polio Day, Oct. 24, is a time to reflect on what has been accomplished.

Worldwide, polio is nearly eradicated. In 1988, some 350,000 cases were reported in 125 countries. Thanks in no small part to efforts by Rotary International, cases reported globally last year were down to 13.

In partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the campaign Rotary International initiated in 1985 has been a phenomenal success.

To date, more than 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated.

Although the wholesale cost of a dosage of vaccine is low, the cumulative cost is in the billions. Nonetheless, Rotary will continue its funding commitment until the disease is completely conquered.

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If you think you might like to “give back” locally, membership in Rotary is a great means of doing so. For more information, go to

Tom Guyette

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Source:: The Mercury News – Health


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