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In 1979 Rotary 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.

1988 Rotarians 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

2012 India 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.

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Our efforts to eradicate polio have been described as one of the finest humanitarian projects the world has ever known and Rotary has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.