Rotary International just announced that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we have done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 
 
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Our Rotary club, led by Club Polio Committee Chair, Hal Wochholz (a Polio Survivor himself) and Don Prestin along with Countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 
 
We thank everyone who has helped in achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.