As a Rotary Polio Eradication Partner, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is a major supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Importantly, BMGF matches all individual Rotarian donations to Polio Plus on a 2 to 1 basis, meaning for every dollar donated to Polio Plus by a Rotarian, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates two dollars. 

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) contributes technical and financial resources to accelerate targeted vaccination campaigns, community mobilization, and routine immunizations. BMGF works with partners to improve polio surveillance and outbreak response; develop safer, more effective vaccines; and galvanize financial and political support for polio eradication efforts. BMGF has a unique ability to contribute by taking big risks and making non-traditional investments. Examples include investments in vaccine research; funding of geographic information system (GIS) maps to replace hand-drawn maps for campaign planning; and the establishment of emergency operations centers in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Want to learn more? For details on how BMGF supports the polio eradication campaign, see, and check out Rotary’s focus at



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