Since 1985, Rotary’s key humanitarian priority has been the global eradication of polio.
Over the last 36 years, Rotary members, working with communities around the world, have contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours in aid of eliminating the virus.
October the 24th marked World Polio Day, giving Rotary and it’s partners around the world the opportunity to raise awareness of the fight against polio and nobody disappointed. This is a collection of the best international World Polio Day activities.
World Polio Day 2021 Global Update
Rotary International released their global update on the progress in the fight against polio through a series of videos now available to watch on their YouTube channel.
The organisations of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Inspired in part by Rotary’s volunteer commitment and fundraising success, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988. This amazing partnership has helped save the lives of more than 1.5 million people who would have otherwise died of polio since the partnership began. Here is what each member of the initiative had to say on World Polio Day.
UNICEF works on a variety of issues in over 190 countries to help change the lives of children and young people for the better. They help vaccinate over 400 million children against polio each year.
This World Polio Day, we are closer than ever to a world without polio.
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) October 24, 2021
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are committed to tackling poverty, disease, and inequity around the world and have been constantly committed in supporting Rotary in the fight against polio.
A polio-free world is possible, but only if everyone works together. This #WorldPolioDay, we’re proud to continue working with @Rotary to @EndPolioNow by matching Rotary's annual $50m commitment to #EndPolio 2-to-1: https://t.co/lWlWEEFxDP. https://t.co/Jlw3vTIrVL
— Gates Foundation (@gatesfoundation) October 24, 2021
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) October 23, 2021
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) October 24, 2021
World Health Organisation (WHO)
The World Health Organisation shared a short video as well as an informative thread on how much progress has been made and what still needs to be achieved in the fight against polio.
5⃣ of the 6⃣ WHO regions – representing over 9⃣0⃣% of the 🌎🌍🌏 population – are certified free of wild polio.
Join us in celebrating the progress we have made, & the work we must do to #EndPolio everywhere.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) October 24, 2021
Gavi shared an inspiring story about para-badminton world champion Anand Kumar, who was diagnosed with polio when he was a toddler.
After battling polio as a child, Anand Kumar wasn't billed for sporting stardom from the start, but he has fought his way to the top as a para-badminton world star. Watch this video to learn more about his inspirational journey: https://t.co/YUf1paIJqf #EndPolio
— Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (@gavi) October 24, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC posted a breakdown of what effects polio has on children infected with the virus.
9 in every 200 children infected with poliovirus will suffer serious complications. The best protection against infection and spread of poliovirus is to be fully vaccinated. #WorldPolioDay #EndPolio pic.twitter.com/Knn2NGs0gN
— CDC Global Health (@CDCGlobal) October 24, 2021
Rotarians across the world!
From all corners of the world, Rotarians turned out in style to mark World Polio Day. Whether they were walking, cycling or dancing, everyone who took part and raised awareness proved themselves a person of action.
🤩 This #WorldPolioDay, we're making an appearance in Times Square!
— Rotary International (@Rotary) October 24, 2021
— lakeviewrotary (@LakeviewRotary) October 21, 2021
— Rotary Kampala MuyengaBreeze (@MuyengaBreeze) October 24, 2021
— Rotary District 6760 (@Rotary6760) October 20, 2021
— Rotaract Rwanda 🇷🇼 (@Rotaract250) October 24, 2021
Area 1 Group 1, We are One!
In celebration of the World Polio Day, the group conducted a motorcade to celebrate this important day as we continue the fight against polio. pic.twitter.com/sDh5uwoCzU
— Rotary San Pedro Magic (@RCSanPedroMagic) October 25, 2021
We planned & we did! We were out early! The "Polio Ride of Honour" rode out of Manor Park, on Saturday, Nov 07, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. 10 cyclists, support vehicles, 2 JCF out-riders & RCOMP participated in the ride. @RotaryManor #doingRotarydifferently!#PeopleOfAction#MyEndPolio pic.twitter.com/dthjrx8jpb
— Rotary of Manor Park (@RotaryManor) November 10, 2020
Realizamos una Caminata en el Río Cuchujaqui en el sur de Sonora. Estamos a un paso de erradicar la Polio del Mundo @rotarydistr4100 @RotaryES @Rotary #EndPolioNow @EndPolioNow pic.twitter.com/go3l5tsLTp
— ismael gonzalez (@ismigonzalez) October 24, 2021
Un mundo libre de polio es posible, pero sólo podremos alcanzarlo si tomamos acción juntos. Unámonos a @Rotary este #DíaMundialcontralaPolio para poner fin a esta paralizante enfermedad. https://t.co/VFQvo1SZqG #BancoAtlántida #ImaginaCreeTriunfa pic.twitter.com/P5GKnHYXMa
— Banco Atlántida (@bancatlan) October 24, 2021
On the Eve of World Polio Day,Rotaract Club of Basanta Academy Berhampur and Rotary Club of Berhampur jointly organised a bike rally for polio awareness.@EndPolioNow @JenJonesRotary @Shekhar_Rotary @Rotary @RSA_MDIO @rotaract pic.twitter.com/ewj5GRYVJK
— Rotaract3262,Odisha,India (@rotaract3262) October 24, 2021
What do you do when on field mission for rights & choice for women and girls in Sarh (South Chad) @Rotary is celebrating with partners elimination of polio? You join, and represent @OnuTchad. It is one @GlobalGoalsUN, & polio women survivors should not be left behind @WHO @UNFPA pic.twitter.com/feUrtiPRWN
— Sennen Hounton (@SennenHounton) October 23, 2021
Feature image courtesy of Rotary San Pedro Magic.