Rotary Club of Kemmerer provides monetary contributions annually to Rotary International to help in the eradication of polio. The local chapter worked with local governments to declare October 24 World Polio Day, in Kemmerer, Diamondville and Opal, Wyoming.
The Rotary Club hosted an open meeting to the community on October 19 to provide Rotary International's Global Update on polio. With your continued help, we can end polio for good.
Rotary International began its fight against polio in 1979 hoping to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. With efforts improving, in 1985, they launched PolioPlus to help raise funds with a target of $120 million. Fast forward to 1995 health workers and volunteers immunize 165 million children in China and India in one week. This pushed the PolioPlus Partners program enabling Rotary member in polio-free countries to provide support to follow members in polio-affected countries for polio eradication activities. As the program grew, a record 550 million children receive the oral polio vaccine by 2000 with Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan remain with the polio endemic.
Today polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent worldwide. Rotary has immunized more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. A modified vaccine offers hope that eradication is closer than ever.