Rotary comes together for World Polio Day 2023

Rotary comes together for World Polio Day 2023

24th October saw Rotarians from around the world celebrating World Polio Day, marking another year that the world comes closer to eradicating poliovirus.

Rotarians worldwide have 24th October marked in their diary every year to celebrate the work Rotary has done towards ridding the world of polio and 2023 was no different.

From lighting up local landmarks to planting purple crocuses and heading out into the community proudly wearing their End Polio Now shirts, Rotarians found a variety of ways to mark World Polio Day 2023.

Eradicating polio has been one of Rotary’s most significant humanitarian goals for nearly four decades, having contributed more than US$2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the fight to end polio.

In 1985, Rotary International launched PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative.

Since then, Rotary has helped reduce the number of wild poliovirus cases per year by 99.9%, with 2023 seeing only 8 cases of polio recorded.

See how those from the world of Rotary and beyond celebrated this important day in 2023.

Rotary International President Gordon McInally


A message from the Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)


Members of the GPEI

World Health Organization (WHO)


United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rotary Great Britain & Ireland


Rotary International