Rotary International's Polio Campaign
The war against Polio continues… but the victory is now in sight!
The crippling disease that held the world to ransom in the 1950's and 1960's has almost been eliminated with those two tiny drops of oral polio vaccine, a well thought out strategy, large financial resources and the dedication and commitment of thousands of devoted volunteers and international health agencies.
Rotary International is the volunteer arm of a global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. In 1985, Rotary volunteers around the world embraced the fight against polio and 'POLIOPLUS' was born. The PolioPlus programme is the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history. The initiative is an aggressive public-private partnership to assist International Health Agencies and Governments in eradicating polio from the world.
In India, Rotary International established a separate committee in 1988, named the India National PolioPlus Society (INPPS), to exclusively steer Rotaryís polio eradication programme in India.
Apart from financial commitments and advocacy, Rotary volunteers assist in vaccine delivery, social mobilization and logistic management in cooperation with the national Health Ministries of various countries, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.