How Rotary around the globe celebrated World Polio Day 2021

How Rotary around the globe celebrated World Polio Day 2021

As we reached World Polio Day on October the 24th, Rotary and their partners came together across the world to support the End Polio Now campaign.

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.

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.

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.


Gavi shared an inspiring story about para-badminton world champion Anand Kumar, who was diagnosed with polio when he was a toddler.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC posted a breakdown of what effects polio has on children infected with the virus.

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.


Feature image courtesy of Rotary San Pedro Magic.