The End of Polio: Polio’s last percentage – Bill and Melinda Gate’s Foundation

I came across this on the internet and as an agent of social change, fighting inequity across the globe, I felt duty bound to spread the message. It reads as follows:
Polio – a disease which has disabled millions and pulled people further into poverty – has been reduced by 99% over the past 25 years.
Global efforts have delivered incredible progress: immunising more than 2 billion children and saving more than 8 million children from life-long paralysis or death. In January, the world reached a remarkable milestone in the fight to eradicate polio – 12 months without a case of polio in India for the first time in history.
But progress towards eradication is at risk: with the critical work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative constrained by a funding gap of almost US$1 billion for 2012/13 – threatening international polio eradication efforts.
That’s why the Global Poverty Project is working with partners to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and make the end of polio reality.

We can all play a role in ensuring that polio is eradicated.

Last year, more than 20,000 ordinary people made their voices heard and helped convince five world leaders, together with Bill Gates, to announce an additional $118 million in funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This year, we’re calling on delegates to the United Nations General Assembly to announce further funding for polio eradication, closing the funding gap that’s currently leaving millions of children vulnerable to polio.


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