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17 Oct 2017 description
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EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 11 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.

17 Jun 2015 description
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Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped.

The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free.

20 Mar 2015 description
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Despite almost impassable terrain and the outbreak of a violent civil war, Rotary clubs in South Sudan and Wisconsin, USA, are determined to bring clean water to one of the most remote areas of the East African country.

27 Oct 2014 description
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CONTACTS: Vivian Fiore - Vivian.fiore@rotary.org, Phone: +1 (847) 866-3234 (US)

HUMANITARIAN GROUP’S OCTOBER 24 LIVESTREAM EVENT FROM CHICAGO FEATURES TOP GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERTS, POLIO-SURVIVOR MINDA DENTLER, POP STAR TESSANNE CHIN, REGGAE’S ZIGGY MARLEY AND MORE

29 Sep 2011 description
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By Dan Nixon
Rotary International News -- 28 September 2011

Rotary International has played a major role in helping the Global Polio Eradication Initiative make continued progress and overcome obstacles in the drive to rid the world of the disease.

Since October 2010, Rotary has provided almost US$40 million for polio surveillance, immunization campaigns, and technical assistance in several countries. In India, only one case of polio has been reported since January of this year.