Policy Update

UK development minister pays tribute to polio campaigners

The UK secretary of state for international development, Alok Sharma, marked World Polio Day by thanking fundraisers, campaigners, and polio survivors for their advocacy in the fight against polio. He commended members of the world-wide Rotary Club who have contributed almost US$2 billion to the fight against polio, including more than US$40 million from UK members. Through its development assistance budget, the UK government has helped to immunize more than 45 million children around the world against the debilitating disease. 

The number of people contracting polio has fallen by 99.9% since 1988 and only three countries in the world have not been declared polio-free. Eradicating polio entirely will, however, require sustained funding to immunize children.

Press release - UK government