Arizona Rotary Volunteer Work Saves Lives

Posted on March 28th, by lauraz in News. 4 comments

Rotary volunteer administers life-saving polio vaccine © Rotary International, Photo By Alyce Henson

Rotary volunteer administers life-saving polio vaccine © Rotary International, Photo By Alyce Henson

In the 1980s, polio infected and crippled or killed more than 350,000 children annually. In 1988, Rotary International made a promise – to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

Since that promise was made, polio cases have plummeted by more than 99 percent, preventing five million instances of child paralysis and 250,000 deaths.

Arizona Rotarians are active warriors in the fight against polio, contributing thousands of dollars and hundreds of community service hours each year to the cause. Rotarians participate in volunteer work projects around the world, including vaccination days in India, Mexico, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Across the state, Rotarians are committed to end polio now because as long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, all children – wherever they live – remain at risk.

Time Magazine Reporter Aryn Baker and Photographer Diego Ibarra Sánchez chronicle Pakistan’s campaign against polio through an article and moving photo essay.

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