Rotary gives $35 million boost to polio eradication
Rotary is releasing $35 million in grants to support polio immunization activities and research in nine countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The funds will build on last year’s historic achievement of stopping the transmission of the wild poliovirus in Nigeria and all of Africa.
“We are closer than ever to achieving a polio-free world,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “To ensure that no child ever again suffers the devastating effects of this disease, we must all ensure that the necessary funds and political will are firmly in place in 2016.”
The funds announced this week include $11.4 million in Pakistan and $6 million in Afghanistan, the two remaining polio-endemic countries. Funding will also support immunization activities in several countries still at-risk, including Nigeria ($5.5. million), Ethiopia ($4.1 million), Chad ($2 million), Somalia ($1.8 million), Cameroon ($1.6 million), Iraq ($1.6 million), and India ($618,000). An additional $355,000 will be allocated to polio research.