Rotary announces $100m to support polio eradication

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Rotary International has announced nearly US$100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio.

Nigeria is to get $16.1 million from the sum to help in the efforts at complete eradication of the vaccine-preventable disease, which once paralysed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The country marks two years without any reported case of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

While strides have been made against the paralysing disease, wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world, with 10 cases in Afghanistan and three in Pakistan this year so far.

Explaining the reason for the grant, Rotary noted that as long as a child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for ongoing funding and political commitment to eradication.

A statement by Rotary International said further funding was provided to support efforts to keep 12 vulnerable African countries polio-free.


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