Polio Plus

After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating

this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for

all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Bill Gates is cofounder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates

Foundation, along with Melinda Gates and William Gates Sr. The Gates Foundation

strives to expand opportunities for the world’s most disadvantaged people by

collaborating with grantees and partners.

The Gates Foundation is working closely with Rotary International in

the fight to eradicate polio. It recently awarded US$355 million in

challenge grants to Rotary, which has pledged to raise $200 million in

response. The resulting $555 million will support critically needed

polio eradication activities.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world,

children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

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