Australia Pledges A$50 Million for Polio Eradication Program
Australia will contribute A$50 million ($53 million) to the global polio eradication initiative, a plan to halt the infectious disease worldwide.
The world is within “grasping distance” of ending polio, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said at a press conference today in Perth, where she is hosting a meeting of Commonwealth government leaders. The funding will be over four years.
Since the initiative was started in 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99 percent, and the disease remains endemic in only four countries, three of which are members of the Commonwealth -- India, Nigeria and Pakistan, according to Gillard.
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