|Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30
This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched PolioPlus
, its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.
Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.
Former Rotary President Clem Renouf recalls conversations with Rotary leaders as the organization turned its attention to eradicating polio:
Before the global scope of PolioPlus, individual clubs ... read more at rotary.org