Start Planning Your World Polio Day Event

World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community. Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.

Last year, 1,400 World Polio Day events took place in 90 countries. Let your community know that the fight isn’t over and that Rotary is leading the way toward a polio-free world.

Join the celebration, and register your event.

Live Streaming World Polio Day 24 October 2017

Get ready for our 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We will stream live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington to bring together more than 50,000 viewers around the world. Celebrities and global health experts will join us to share our progress on the road to polio eradication. Additional information and support materials are available at
Thank you, Rotary

UNICEF and the World Health Organization have produced a nearly-four-minute video thanking Rotary and its members for protecting the world’s children against polio for more than 30 years.

Every dollar you have donated and every drop of vaccine you have helped administer have brought us one step closer to a polio-free world. This video is a powerful reminder of the positive impact Rotarians have made around the world.

Watch it now.

Rotary releases a new online giving platform

Making a contribution to end polio just got easier thanks to Rotary’s newly upgraded online giving platform. You can now make a gift quickly and securely from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The new platform allows you to make donations in your local currency and, when you’re signed in to My Rotary, keeps track of your giving record.

Through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, any contribution you make will be tripled, increasing Rotary’s ability to help vulnerable children around the world be polio-free.

Make a donation.

Country Updates

Since our last report there has been ONE new case of Wild Polio Virus in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, in particular, continues to show year over year progress down from 13 cases last year.
In Syria, three new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were officially reported in the past week. The total number of cases in this outbreak is 33. The other seven cases are in the Republic of the Congo.
Confirmation of additional cases is not unexpected at this time and would not change the operational situation, as outbreak response plans are being finalized and implemented, in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols. Two vaccination campaigns are planned for both Deir-Ez-Zour and Raqqa governorates. If there is geographic spread, the extent of these campaigns will have to be adjusted.
Confirmation of additional cases is not unexpected at this time. Two vaccination campaigns have been conducted in March and April 2017 and two additional outbreak response campaigns are planned.
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