Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
UNICEF and Rotary are working together in the fight to end polio forever. Since UNICEF and Rotary began their partnership in 1988, both organizations, as members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have played a fundamental role in dramatically decreasing the number of polio endemic countries. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 cases of paralytic polio occurred; at that time, polio was endemic in 125 countries. Today, wild poliovirus is only found in two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
With its support of UNICEF, the membership of Rotary has demonstrated its enduring dedication to the world’s most vulnerable children. Rotary funds critical elements of UNICEF’s polio eradication programs, such as national immunization days, polio vaccine delivery, and training of health workers. Rotary’s network of volunteers in more than 200 countries and regions has also worked with UNICEF in the field to ensure that the poorest, most isolated children are immunized against polio.
The goal of eradicating polio is within our reach. UNICEF and Rotary will remain dedicated to this cause until every child is safe from the virus.
Local Rotary Clubs
There are 35,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service—in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.