Fact Sheet Expert Opinion First Person Photo Essay


Partners to end polio

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF. These partners devise and implement global strategies to achieve a polio-free world.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a unique public-private partnership.  Rotary International originally brought the goal of a polio-free world to the World Health Assembly in 1988.  Up to 1.2 million Rotarians have since played a particularly important role bringing that goal to fruition.  They have contributed over US$600 million to the campaign through Rotary’s Polio Plus programme, provided countless hours of volunteer time and supported the programme through political advocacy to governments and international organisations.


The polio eradication coalition also includes governments of countries affected by polio; private foundations (e.g. United Nations Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation); development banks (e.g. the World Bank); donor governments (e.g. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Russian Federation , the United Kingdom and the United States of America); the European Commission; humanitarian and nongovernmental organizations (e.g. the International Red Cross and Red Crescent societies) and corporate partners (e.g. Aventis Pasteur, De Beers).  Volunteers in developing countries also play a key role; 20 million have participated in mass immunization campaigns.