May 24, 2012

Polio – a disease which has disabled millions and pulled people further into poverty – has been reduced by 99% over the past 25 years.

Global efforts have delivered incredible progress: immunising more than 2 billion children and saving more than 5 million children from life-long paralysis or death. In January, the world reached a remarkable milestone in the fight to eradicate polio – 12 months without a case of polio in India for the first time in history.

But progress towards eradication is at risk: with the critical work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative constrained by a $1.09 billion funding gap for 2012/13 – threatening international polio eradication efforts.

That’s why the Global Poverty Project is working with partners to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and make the end of polio reality.

The End of Polio is a grassroots campaign coordinated by the Global Poverty Project, in support of global polio eradication efforts led by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International, UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, and the Gates Foundation. You can see a full list of our supporters and partners here.

We are campaigning for:
• Full funding of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which currently faces a funding gap of almost US$1 billion for 2012-13.

• Donations to Rotary International, the global service organisation that initiated the global movement to eradicate polio and continues to raise money from the general public.

The End of Polio campaign is:
• Asking you to demonstrate your support by signing onto The End of Polio petition
• Meeting with key decision-makers to ask our governments to give to the GPEI and commit to realising the end of polio.
• Sharing the remarkable stories of progress in fighting polio through the media and online.
• Holding events to demonstrate support for ending polio.

For more information visit — the end of polio


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