Polio Plus was (and is) a Rotary Foundation project to eradicate polio through a worldwide immunization campaign, which started in 1985. In 1988, inspired partly by Rotary’s efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). In 1988 WHO reported an estimated 350,000 cases of polio worldwide. In 2019, there were 103.
Throughout, Bellevue Rotary has continued to support the Rotary Foundation and its efforts to eradicate polio and has contributed more than $100,000 to the Rotary Foundation.