Donors pledged $2.6 billion Tuesday to eradicate polio worldwide.
The World Health Organization mentioned the funding shall be used to immunize 450 million kids every year, bringing the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) nearer to attaining a world freed from polio.
The WHO licensed final month that the second of three varieties of polio had been eradicated.
Cases have been minimize by 99 % during the last three many years, however the kind 1 polio virus continues to be endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Polio assaults the nervous system and may trigger irreversible paralysis inside hours.
Although polio can’t be cured, it may be prevented by vaccination.
WHO mentioned the $2.6 billion pledge will fund the GPEI’s “endgame strategy” by means of 2023, practically $700,000 brief of what’s wanted to absolutely implement the initiative.
Donors made their pledges at a Reaching the Last Mile polio convention in Dubai.
Nearly half of the pledged donations got here from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Other pledges got here from the governments of Britain, the United States and Pakistan, and the charity Rotary International.