The world is now more than 99.9% polio-free. We’ve gone from 1,000 new cases each day to less than one per week.
Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn’t over. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, and for as little as US$0.60, a child can be protected against the virus for life. If we don’t finish the fight right now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years.
Since Rotary helped launch the polio eradication initiative, polio cases have fallen from 350,000 a year in 125 countries to just a handful in only three countries.