Service before self



End Polio as we are this closePolioPlus is a global Rotarian project and is contributing to the global eradication of polio. Sergio Mulitsch di Palmenberg (1923-1987), Governor of RI District 204 (1984-1985), founder of the RC of Treviglio and Pianura Bergamasca (Italy), was the man who inspired and promoted the RI PolioPlus vaccination campaign. Mulitsch made it possible shipping the first 500,000 doses of antipolio vaccine to the Philippines at the beginning of 1980.

This project later gave rise to the NGO 'Nuovi Spazi al Servire' co-ordinated by Luciano Ravaglia (RC Forl, Italy).

Rotarians have contributed over US$850 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer-hours since the project begain in 1985, leading to the inoculation of more than two billion of the world's children. Inspired by Rotary's commitment, the World Health Organization (WHO) passed a resolution in 1988 to eradicate polio by 2000. Now a partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with WHO, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary is recognized by the United Nations as the key private partner in the eradication effort.

In a 2006 speech at the Rotary International Convention, held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Bruce Cohick stated that polio in all its known wild forms would be eliminated by late 2008, provided efforts in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India all proceed with their current momentum. As of October 2012, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan still had wild polio, but it had been eliminated in India.

Visit the End Polio Now website for more information.