In 1979Rotary clubs take on a project to buy and help deliver polio vaccine to more than six million children in the Philippines.
1985 Rotary International launches PolioPlus, the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative, with an initial pledge of US$120 million.
1988Rotarians raise US$247 million for PolioPlus, more than double their fundraising goal of $120 million. The World Health Assembly passes a resolution to eradicate polio, setting up the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. More than 125 countries are polio-endemic.
Many More milestones occurred but bringing us almost to our goal
2012India surpasses an entire year without a recorded case of polio, and is taken off the polio endemic list. Only three countries remain polio endemic. Rotary surpasses its $200 Million Challenge fundraising goal more than five months earlier than planned.
Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland have donated over £20 million (€24 million) to End Polio Now.
The eradication of polio when completed will be one of the most significant achievements in public health since the eradication of smallpox.