Rotary International and Gates Foundation commit USD 200 million to eradicate polio

Rotary International and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) on 26 November, 2007 announced a partnership to provide USD 200 million for the intensified push to eradicate polio. The BMGF has awarded the Rotary Foundation with one of its largest-ever challenge grants of USD 100 million, which Rotary will match dollar-for-dollar over the coming three years. The exemplary leadership shown by Rotary International and the BMGF is a heartening response to World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan’s call for funds made at a stakeholder consultation on polio eradication on 28 February, 2007. It is hoped that this shared commitment will inspire and challenge other donors and polio-affected countries themselves to ensure that the financial resources necessary to eradicate polio once and for all are rapidly mobilized.

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