Monday, June 12, 2017

World leaders pledge $1.2bn support to polio eradication programme

World leaders have pledged a fresh $1.2 billion intervention fund to protect 450 million children from polio. The decision was reached during Monday’s Rotary Convention in Atlanta, United States. Polio had in the last 30 years paralyzed more than 350,000 children in more than 125 countries across the world.

      The highly contagious virus has been eliminated in all but three countries -Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. There have been only five cases in 2017. However, children still remain at risk everywhere until polio is completely stopped. To end the disease for good, government representatives and partners came together to renew their commitment to supporting crucial activities such as vaccination and disease monitoring, which will protect more than 450 million children from polio each year.
World health leaders that gathered at the Rotary Convention to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio pledged $1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease.
      The latest funding will help address a $1.5 billion funding gap that will help ensure that the virus is eliminated from these remaining countries and prevented from regaining a foothold anywhere else in the world.
“Constant innovation has been key to improving vaccination coverage and reaching more children with the polio vaccine,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The unrelenting commitment and support of these global leaders will help us do just that and ultimately end this disease for everyone and forever. CDC remains deeply committed to polio eradication and has contributed $ 2.28 billion since the beginning of the initiative.”

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