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Rotary Weekly: $1.2 billion pledge to end polio

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Posted on : 17/Jun/2017 10:11:51 AM



 
 
 
At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta this week, global leaders and key donors affirmed their commitment to ending polio. The historic pledges of new funds will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that is needed to reduce cases to zero.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said ending polio would be one of the worlds greatest achievements. 

Polio is the thing I spend the most time on. Everyday I look at my email to see if we have a new case, Gates said. I`m very inspired to be part of this. I`m also very humbled.

Rotary International President John F. Germ announced that Rotary would increase its commitment and raise $50 million per year over the next three years. Rotary has raised more than $1.7 billion to fight the disease since 1985.

Right now, every time a new case is identified, it really could be the last one the world ever sees, Germ said. 

Gates told the crowd of nearly 24,000 that, starting 1 July, his foundation will extend its 2-to-1 match to cover up to $50 million in donations to Rotary for each of the next three years. The match and donations to Rotary would add up to $150 million per year over the next three years, which will add up to $450 million to the fight.

The new funding will go toward polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, responses to any outbreaks, and the vaccination of more than 400 million children annually. 
 
 




 




 













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