Gates Foundation joins NGOs to mark 2011 World Polio Day

FC Barcelona and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Team-up to End Polio.

On the World Polio Day (October 24, 2011), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a global community of partners have called for more commitment and accountability from political leaders to end polio.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to eradicate polio but we need greater global commitment, leadership, and funding,” said Bill Gates, co-chair of the Gates Foundation. “We work with exceptional partners like Rotary, FC Barcelona and the Global Poverty Project to help keep polio a priority.”

Two decades ago, polio killed or paralyzed 350,000 children a year worldwide. Since then, lifesaving vaccines have dramatically reduced the spread of polio. They are one of the best long-term investments to prevent disease and give children a healthy start to life.

Today, the world is 99 percent free from polio but recent outbreaks in places like China and Chad, as well as persistent challenges in Nigeria and Pakistan have been so intriguing that the NGOs say the risk is still there.

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