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 https://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Polio, and check out Rotary’s focus at https://www.endpolio.org/


 

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