Rotary International (RI) is the world’s first and largest humanitarian service organization with a global network of 1.2 million members in more than 170 countries. As a Global Polio Eradication Initiative partner, Rotary is the main private sector donor supporting polio eradication. 


Rotary began polio eradication efforts in the Republic of the Philippines in 1979, and established the PolioPlus initiative in 1985, which was the first global program to envision a polio-free world. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary members also provide valuable field support during National Immunization Days through social mobilization and by administering the oral polio vaccine to children.

Within the GPEI framework, Rotary’s primary responsibilities include fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer recruitment. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.  

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