Polio this week - As of 3 July 2013
Last week, 20,000 Rotarians from 160 countries gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for the annual Rotary International Convention. Rotary and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced an extension of their existing fundraising partnership that could generate up to US$525 million for polio eradication. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match two dollars for every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to US$35 million per year, through 2018. More.
In Pakistan, a WPV1 outbreak centred in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is continuing. The epicentre of the outbreak is in areas where immunizations are limited due to access challenges. See ‘Pakistan’ section for more.