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The idea for Rotary to undertake the eradication polio throughout the world was first introduced at the 1985 RI Convention, held in Kansas Cith, MO, by 1984-85 RI President Dr. Carlos Canseco.  The Polio 2005 Project was to immunize all the children of the world by the 100th anniversary of Rotary.
 
In his President’s Address to the Convention, President Carlos stated in part:
 
“. . .I envision this program, a magnificent program, that will touch the hearts of every mother or father of the world. We can bring the hope for a better life for these children, while at the same time we are going to bring education along with it. And in some years—I don't know when—we might reach the goal that Rotary has set for it—peace, goodwill, and understanding.

I have been talking about discovery today. I have outlined what I consider to be the five great discoveries of Rotary: International expansion, The Rotary Foundation, Youth service, the 3-H Program, and the latest—and perhaps most exciting—the Polio 2005 plan.
 
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But this cannot be accomplished by only one Rotary club, one district. It has to be a commitment of all the Rotary clubs in the world and all the communities and all the countries, and everybody who has a desire to do something for Rotary. . .”
 
This was the first time Rotary had undertaken a global fundraising effort.  The Polio 2005 Project was renamed PolioPlus the following year.
 
 
Thanks to Rotary, UNICEF and partners' global immunization and vaccine efforts, polio has almost-but not quite-disappeared. In 1988 there were 350,000 cases; in 2012, only 223. In 2014, India joined the ranks of the polio-free, a major achievement thanks to lifesaving polio vaccines, and in 2015, Nigeria reached a milestone when it went a full year without a single case of polio.  Sadly, after more than two years without the detection of wild polio in Nigeria, the Government reported three laboratory confirmed wild polio virus type one (WPV1) cases with onset between July and August 2016.  Total reported cases in 2016 was 35.
 
But the highly-infectious, crippling and often fatal disease, to which children under 5 are particularly vulnerable, remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is known to resurface in countries in conflict, where health systems are disrupted. Continued support for vaccinations remains vital.
 
1992-93 RI President Cliff Dochterman Shares the Origins of Rotary International's Polio Plus global immunization Program.
 
 
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Polio 2005: Rotary's 1985 video launching the "Polio 2005" campaign
 
This Rotary International video is a digitized version of an original 1985 VHS tape, presented at the 1985 RI Convention, that launched the Polio 2005 campaign. Rotary International did not meet the 2005 goal of eradicating polio, but the million plus members of Rotary throughout the world have dedicated tremendous resources to get "this close" such that only two countries remain endemic with the polio virus.
 
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