We have an opportunity to rid the world of Polio. In 1950 Polio was rampant in 122 countries including the USA with over 350,000 cases. At the start of 2012, transmission of the wild poliovirus had been interrupted in all but three countries (Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan). This progress is the result of the remarkable collaborative efforts of Rotary International, the CDC, WHO, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
While this is great progress, it is imperative that we remain steadfast. Polio is a contagious disease and travelers can reintroduce this disease into a country at any time – including the USA and Georgia. Until eradication is complete, no child anywhere is safe.
In order to help this effort, we commit $5,000 a year to the effort.