The Rotary area of focus for October is Economic and Community Development 

This month also includes: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the 17th and World Polio Day on 24th 
 
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to invest in people by creating sustainable, measurable and long term economic improvements in their communities and livelihoods by:
 
1. Building the capacity of entrepreneurs, community leaders, local organizations and community networks to support economic development in impoverished communities.
2. Developing opportunities for productive work
3. Reducing poverty in under-served communities
4. Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to economic and community development
 
World Polio Day – 24th October - End Polio Now
Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5.  Most people know it as Poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary and our partners have used to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide.
 
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.
 
With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million.