Deep-rooted collaboration in the fight against polio
Joint efforts between Rotary and PAHO have helped make the Americas the first region in the world to be certified polio-free and maintain the achievement over the years.
The Pan American Health Organization and Rotary have been working together for more than 25 years for the elimination of polio in the Region of the Americas. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has led a global initiative focused on ridding the world of the disease for 30 years now, which has already resulted in the reduction of polio cases by 99.9% since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million people across the globe whose members believe they have a shared responsibility to take action together to promote peace, fight disease, save mothers and children, support education, provide clean water, promote sanitation and hygiene, and grow local economies. Through their 35,000+ clubs, the organization provides service to others through their fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Both at regional and country level, Rotary has been a key partner for PAHO in the elimination of poliomyelitis since the beginning of the 1980s. Through the provision of funds used to implement vaccination campaigns – including in the most remote areas – participation in regional meetings, and active work in countries of the Region, Rotarians have supported PAHO in being the first region in the world certified free of the disease, in 1994, and maintaining this status now.