Why More Funds?
Why is US$1.5 billion needed to end polio,
if we only have 3 countries left?
Why Zero Matters
Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% worldwide since 1988, but it is critical for us to continue our efforts to eradicate the disease for good.
A Resurgence of Polio
If polio is not fully eradicated, we could see a global resurgence of the disease with as many as 200,000 new cases each year over the next 10 years, all over the world.
As we get closer to ending polio, we need to increase disease detection, also known as surveillance, to ensure the virus is truly gone from every corner of the world. Given that only one in 200 cases of polio results in paralysis, we rely on the program's extensive surveillance and laboratory network to tell us where polio does (and does not) exist.
Finishing the Fight
Together with our partners, governments, community leaders, health workers, and volunteers, we must stay vigilant. Until we eradicate the disease, we must continue to immunize every single child against polio.
What Your Money Buys:
In January 2017, US$35 million in grants to end polio worldwide were made to our partners WHO and UNICEF for polio immunization activities. This funding was provided for technical expertise and social mobilization in nine countries across Africa and Asia. Some examples of how the funding was used include:
In Cameroon:31,832 vaccinators to deliver the vaccine
In Nigeria:14,555 social mobilizers to announce immunization days
In Chad:95,000 markers to mark the fingers of children who have been vaccinated
In Afghanistan:Training for 66,501 field workers, supervisors, monitors, surveyors, and coordinators