The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds
The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds

PolioPlus - The Eradication of Polio Worldwide

World Polio Day was on 24th October 2013. If, like us, you would like to see an end to polio world-wide, please spend a few minutes watching the Livestream presentation from Rotary International's conference that day. We know you will be impressed by the work being done to eradicate polio for ever. You can help us.


PolioPlus, the most ambitious programme in Rotary's history, is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognised worldwide as a model of public-private co-operation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal.

  • To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion.
  • Rotary’s leadership, beginning in 1985, inspired the World Health Assembly to pass a resolution to eradicate polio which paved the way for the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988. 
  • Thousands of Rotarians around the world have volunteered during National Immunisation Days to immunise children. 
  • The PolioPlus programme helps Rotary fund operational costs, such as transportation, vaccine delivery, social mobilization, and training of health workers, and support surveillance activities. 
  • Read more about what happens before, during, and after a National Immunisation Day (NID). 
  • Rotarians work to encourage both donor and polio-affected governments to commit the political and financial resources needed to eradicate polio.