Today, there are only two countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Less than 75 polio cases were confirmed worldwide in 2015, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent, due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. These funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments, corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical support.
This years Rotary End Polio Now 5K, is a super fast race course that is an out and back. It takes you through a beautiful and quiet neighborhood in Bonita Springs. It starts and ends at the train depot next to Riverside park in Down town Bonita Springs. This year we are thrilled to have The Taste Of Bonita going on all weekend. So, after your 5K run, join us and taking part of one of our areas greatest culinary festivals. The Taste of Bonita is organized by Bonita Springs Rotary Noon Club. It is a terrific family event that is one of our most popular yearly attractions. Race day registration begins at 7:30am, with the race beginning at 8:30am.