Since the start of Rotary's polio eradication campaign, Rotarians have contributed more than US$1 billion toward ridding the world of the disease. Though eradicating polio is expensive, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have shown that stopping now would be even more so. Their study, published in 2007 in the Lancet, found that even a small decrease in the intensity of immunizations could cause large polio outbreaks, and a control policy relying only on routine immunizations could lead to 200,000 paralytic polio cases per year among low-income countries. "Thank you for continuing to lead and support efforts to improve the lives of children around the world every day, and for ensuring that they can run, jump, play, and lead productive and healthy lives unimpaired by the devastation caused by wild polioviruses," says Kimberly Thompson, one of the authors of the study. "This is such an important thing to finish now." Rotarians are on the verge of ridding the world of Polio.
 
This should be an inspiration to us all to make an all out effort to complete the job of finishing polio forever.
 
The District 9455 PolioPlus Committee is responsible for supporting Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication and encouraging all Rotarians to participate in PolioPlus activities. 
 
Chair: PRID Ken Collins