Countdown to History! 

We are so close that we are now counting down to when we will have the last case of polio.  Find out more at
Did you know that you can TRIPLE YOUR IMPACT on Polio Eradication thanks to the 2-to-1 match by the Gates Foundation?
Looking for information on the Ride to End Polio / Tour de Tucson?  check out this  link for the latest. (The Tour de Tuscon postponed in 2020 due to Covid).

World Polio Day i October 24

World Polio Day is October 24 – this year’s theme is “A win against polio is a win for global health”.  A quick recap of the 2019-2020 highlights:
  • This year, the African region was certified free of the wild polio virus
  • Over the last several months, the polio infrastructure Rotary helped build has been used to respond to COVID-19 in vulnerable countries
  • Rotary reached our $50 million dollar goal for the year to maximize the full $100,000 million match from the Gates Foundation
If you don’t know what to say to your club about Polio –  I have a great resources for you: check out the Polio Talking Points – updated for 2020-21 (click here).
There will not be an official in-person World Polio Day event this year – but you can still watch Rotary’s World Polio Day Online Global Update on Facebook: just RSVP using this link and make sure in front of a computer on October 24 anytime after 8 AM CDT. 
What will your club be doing to celebrate?  Be sure to register your event at and if you register your event before October 15th, you will be able to download the global update program a week early!
If you are still looking for something to do? – check out the updated list of ideas on the Polio Fundraising idea page - JUST UPDATED for new COVID safe activities!
How do you donate to End Polio?  Neither the dues you pay to Rotary nor donations made to the Annual Fund (SHARE) support polio.  Only donations ear-marked specifically for Polio goes to help.  You can make your donations at using a credit card – donations will also count toward your next Paul Harris Fellowship when you sign in to My Rotary.  If your club collects polio donations as a group or needs to pay with a check, I’ve put instructions on our website on how to do that.

Video - Preview of Documentary "Drop to Zero"


Other Resources and Notes

Here are some of my favorite resources and quotes regarding Rotary's polio eradication campaign:
Best place to look for updated numbers is on the polio eradication website:
New location for Polio Resources:
Why does Ending Polio Matter?  The Livestream event is on October 24 at 6:30 PM Central Time:

Quotes from 

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free. - See more at:

Polio remains endemic in three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk of importation of polio, especially in the ‘poliovirus importation belt’ of countries from west Africa to the Horn of Africa. - See more at:

Most infected people (90%) have no symptoms or very mild symptoms and usually go unrecognized. In others, initial symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. 
One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, usually in the legs. This is caused by the virus entering the blood stream and invading the central nervous system. As it multiplies, the virus destroys the nerve cells that activate muscles. The affected muscles are no longer functional and the limb becomes floppy and lifeless – a condition known as acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).

Great videos:

I love this video that was shown to Pakistani laborers to educate them on getting their children vaccinated:

These videos were created by new generational Rotarians - great for an intro to younger people:

And another on the Rotary CDC Partnership
Are you aware of how Rotary got involved with Polio eradication?  Check out Roots of Rotary's Polio Efforts.
Polio infrastructure helps combat Ebola in Nigeria

Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases. To learn how you can support the fight against Ebola:

Hope that helps--
Gretchen Bren
District 5650 Polio Plus Chair

(updated August 2017)