Department for International Development pledges £100 million to help end polio by 2020

UK International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, has announced £100 million ($130 million) to help end polio for good.

On 12 June 2017, during Rotary International’s Convention in Atlanta, global leaders recommitted to the importance of a polio-free world, and pledged financial support, totalling US$1.2 billion against the additional US$1.5 billion needed to finally eradicate polio.
The UK’s contribution gets us very close to the amount needed.
The UK government’s support will:

  • immunise up to 45 million children against the disease each year until 2020 – that is 80 children a minute;
  • save more than 65,000 children from paralysis every year;
  • help over 15,000 polio workers reach every last child with life-saving vaccines and other health interventions; and
  • help save almost £2 billion globally by 2035, as health care systems are freed up from treating polio victims.

RIBI asks you to email your MP to thank them. There is a template letter and supporting information for you to send. Click to download them.

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At the Convention Rotary International pledged to raise $50 million annually in return for a match of $100 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.