This announcement was made this week and I understand that the Bill Gates Foundation is providing one third of the US$5.5 bn required to achieve this goal.
RIBI welcomes the pledge of £300m made by the British Government at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg joined Prime Minister, David Cameron to support End Polio Now. The British aid will help vaccinate up to 360 million children against polio over the next six years in a final push to eradicate the disease from the world once and for all.
International Development Secretary, Justine Greening said: “We will not stand on the sidelines while easily preventable diseases like polio are still a risk to thousands of people around the world. Our generation has a genuine opportunity to make the devastating disease of polio a thing of the past, just as has happened with smallpox. We now call on all other donors to join us because the healthier a population is, the better able it is to contribute to and benefit from economic development.”
A comprehensive six year plan to eradicate all types of polio disease was presented at the summit. Global leaders and individual philanthropists signaled their confidence by pledging three quarters of the plan’s projected US$5.5 bn (around £4bn) cost over six years. They also called upon additional donors to commit up front the additional US$1.5 bn (around £1bn) needed to ensure eradication.
RIBI has supported polio eradication for almost three decades and intends to continue its fundraising events for End Polio Now until the scourge of this terrible disease is finally ended.