End Polio Now

Message on British Houses of Parliament to celebrate 103 years of Rotary

The Rotary wheel logo and the “End Polio Now” message is beamed onto the Houses of Parliament, UK Rich Hendry, courtesy of Rotary International
The Rotary wheel logo and the “End Polio Now” message is beamed onto the Houses of Parliament, UK
Rich Hendry, courtesy of Rotary International

A giant Rotary wheel – the organization’s logo – and the words “End Polio Now” were beamed onto the side of the House of Commons to the left of Big Ben on Rotary International’s 103rd Birthday on Saturday, 23rd February – to start a challenge to raise US$ 100 million to help finally eradicate polio from the world.

Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority since 1985, inspiring the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a partnership which has cut the number of polio cases by 99 per cent since then. The disease is now only endemic in four countries: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Recently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave Rotary a US$ 100 million challenge grant, which Rotary will match over the next three years.

The BBC aired images of the display, along with interviews with DG Colin Mathews and Gautam Lewis, a 30-year-old polio-survivor who immunized children on behalf of Rotary in his birthplace of India in November 2007. More

Related


Related News

   24/01/2022
The support polio teams provide to deliver COVID-19 vaccines underlines the vital role they can play for health priorities beyond polio.
   18/01/2022
Soni Farhan’s work to eradicate polio has been as healing for her as it has been for the children she’s determined to help.
   13/01/2022
Update on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan for December 2021
   21/12/2021
Update on polio eradication efforts in Pakistan for November 2021
   20/12/2021
2021 may go down in history as the turning point in the global effort to eradicate polio.
   16/12/2021
High level commitment to ending polio in Pakistan by regional UN leadership