Rotary gives $53.5 million to help eradicate polio

EVANSTON, Ill. (Jan. 25, 2018) — With 22 confirmed cases in 2017 to date, and just one case in 2018, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

Rotary is giving $53.5 million in grants to support immunization and surveillance activities led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in two of the three countries where polio remains endemic:

• Afghanistan: $12.03 million
• Pakistan: $19.31 million

Further funding will support efforts to
keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free:

• Cameroon: $1.61 million
• Central African Republic: $428,000
• Chad: $2.33 million
• The Democratic Republic of Congo: $6.48 million
• Ethiopia: $1.82 million
• Iraq: $2 million
• Niger: $1.71 million
• Somalia: $3.29 million
• South Sudan: $835,300
• Syria: $428,000

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