Final spurt in fight against polio

Final spurt in fight against polio

World October 23, 2015 15:46

- To the disease polio paralysis help forever from the world 's Rotary International launched a final offensive. The organization, which works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), says more than 36 million euros for vaccination against polio in countries where the disease is endemic, as she let out Friday.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation goes one step further : the charity of the Microsoft founder triple all donations that come from individuals.

According to Rotary in 2015 worldwide only 51 cases of polio were reported. In the eighties, when the organization took the fight against the disease, there were still 350 000 per year. Rotary serves as main driving force behind the eradication of Polio, also called poliomyelitis. If it were up to her, after smallpox is polio the second disease to be eradicated for good. The organization has so far invested 1.35 billion euros in the battle.

Saturday is World Polio Day.

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