Updates from Rotary International
Pakistan reaches the one-year mark with no type 3 [polio] cases
Pakistan hasn’t recorded a case of type 3 polio since 18 April 2012. Worldwide, no type 3 cases have been reported this year.
“Pakistan has achieved a major milestone,” says Pakistan PolioPlus Committee Chair Aziz Memon, who credits “concerted efforts from the Army and the Frontier Corps, the government of Pakistan, polio partners, and Rotarians who have worked tirelessly with teams during campaigns.”
The Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-18 and about US$4 billion in funding commitments took center stage at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi 24-25 April. Developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the plan is designed to achieve the certification of polio eradication by the end of 2018, strengthen routine immunization, and transfer the eradication initiative’s assets to other public health efforts. Rotary International, along with the World Heath Organization, UNICEF, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are partners in the GPEI.
The new plan will cost $5.5 billion. Governments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and other donors announced the commitments during the vaccine summit.