India has the fourth largest Rotary network in the world comprising of a force of more than 1,00,000 volunteers who offer their compassion, time and expertise to the programme.

POLITICAL ADVOCACY, RELIGIOUS ADVOCACY, SOCIAL MOBILISATION, LOGISTIC SUPPORT especially on the Pulse Polio Immunisation Days and SURVEILLANCE are the key areas where Rotary is contributing to make this program acceptable. With multifarious activities like awareness generation through electronic, print and traditional media; involvement of prominent religious leaders from the minority communities, leading personalities from the sports and entertainment world and NGOs; Heads of Educational Institutions; active involvement of school children through the formation of Rotary Polio Sena; and manning of Pulse Polio Immunisation booths with volunteer and transportation support, Rotary has made a major contribution to the eradication programme over the years, which has been widely acknowledged and appreciated by national and international agencies.


Rotarians march on with unrelenting dedication and commitment towards the fulfillment of their dream of ridding the world of Polio. With the resurgence of the crippling virus in 2002 in India, Rotary's advocacy efforts in India gained momentum. The campaign involves: (a) Letter Campaign (b) A series of high-level meetings with State Heads, Party Presidents and Ministers at national and state level.

National Level

State Level

Uttar Pradesh: Ms. Mayawati, former Chief Minister; Mr. Phagu Chauhan, former Minister, Health &FW; Mr. D.S. Bagga, former Chief Secretary; Mr. R.K. Mittal, former Principal Secretary; Mr. Sujeet Banerjee, former Health Secretary; Mr. G.C. Chaturvedi, former Secretary, (FW)

Rajasthan: Shri Ashok Gehlot, Hon'ble Chief Minister; Mr. B.D. Kalla, Minister for Medical & Health Education

Haryana: Shri O.P. Chautala, Hon'ble Chief Minister

Karnataka: Shri S.M. Krishna, Hon'ble Chief Minister; Mr. Kagodu Timmappa, Health Minister; Mr. S.L. Gangadhrappa, Principal Secretary; Mr. B.S. Patil, Chief Secretary

West Bengal: Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Hon'ble Chief Minister; Mr. Suryakant Mishra, Health Minister; Mr. A.K. Barman, Secretary (H&FW)

Bihar: Smt. Rabri Devi, Hon'ble Chief Minister; Shri Afzal Amanullah, Secretary, Health Education & Family Welfare


Special initiatives to overcome resistance from minority communities - To overcome resistance from some minorities and to dispel myths and rumours, special efforts were made to gain the support of religious and influential leaders of minority communities to ensure total coverage under the immunisation campaign.

Instrumental in roping in Religious / Minority Leaders from allover the country

Appeals of these leaders were printed in urdu and hindi and distributed in the form of banners, posters, handbills and audio-visual methods were also used by Rotary to propagate their endorsements .


Strategies implemented by Rotary successfully so far-






Polio Corrective and Rehabilitation Project - a social mobilisation and awareness initative

Nearly 2000 Polio Corrective Surgeries that made a remarkable difference in the lives of these afflicted children and the impact it had on the Polio eradication campaign.