Abu Dhabi Crown Prince backs global drive to beat polio  


Alliance magazine


The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahayan, has pledged $30 million to help finish the job of eradicating the polio virus.

An estimated $1.5 billion is needed to eradicate the disease completely.

Major pledges also announced include $450 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $75 million and $55 million from the governments of Canada and Japan respectively, $61.4 million from the European Union and £25 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The virus remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, but poses a threat to other developing countries with poor access to sanitation and vaccines.

This new push will go towards vaccination efforts, disease surveillance, and stopping the spread of the virus.

For more information see http://tinyurl.com/erad-polio.

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