Incline Village resident Sue Welsch recently updated the members of the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline on the efforts by Rotarians around the world to end polio.
Since 1979, when Rotary International first helped vaccinate children, Rotary and its partners around the world have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide. Since, 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio in 122 countries.
Rotary has invested over $1 billion, as part of a global investment of over $9.5 billion in polio eradication. We are closer than ever to the complete eradication of this crippling disease that primary strikes children.
But a critical funding gap threatens this progress as Rotarians work to reach the most vulnerable children in the most challenging places. Polio is endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
If you would like to assist Rotarians in ending polio, please visit www.endpolio.org/donate to make a donation online. For as little as 60 cents, a child can be vaccinated against polio for life.
Your donation now works even harder. From 2013 to 2018, every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched 2-to-1 by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in their communities and throughout the world.
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline at www.tahoeinclinerotary.org.