This Sunday, within the framework of the World Health Summitthe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will allocate $1.2 billion to support efforts to end all forms of poliomyelitis in the world. The announcement was made at a key time for commitments, which will be co-sponsored by Germany and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
The new financial commitment will support the implementation of the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026 of the GPEI, whose objective is to eliminate wild poliovirus in the last two endemic countries, Pakistan Y Afghanistan, and stop the outbreaks of new variants of the virus. The foundation has contributed nearly $5 billion to GPEI.
“The eradication of polio is within reach. However, the disease remains a threat. If we work together, the world can end it”
“The eradication of poliomyelitis is within reach. However, the disease remains a threat. If we work together, the world can end her,” he said. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this regard, he added: “I want to thank Germany for co-hosting this week’s events and its long-standing support for polio eradication, and I urge other donors to support the eradication strategy to ensure that the poliomyelitis never paralyze anyone again“.
The role of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in health defense It has been transcendental in the last 22 years. In the year 2000the entity begins its interest in this area contributing 750 million dollars to GAVIthe Vaccination Allianceduring its first five years of travel. It should be remembered that GAVI is an organization that brings together UN agencies, vaccine manufacturing companies or relevant entities to promote the vaccination of the smallest in developing countries.
Just two years later, in 2022, the Foundation opens its field of vision to other diseases such as AIDSthe tuberculosis wave malaria, donating 100 million dollars to the fight against these pathologies. In 2003, the institution led by Bill Gates presented Grand Challenges in Global Health, a project to provide financial support for research into diseases that significantly affect low-income regions. In this way, it grants 450 million dollars to various lines of action.
In 2020 they opted to accelerate the development and equitable distribution of tests, treatments and vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic with an economic item that rose above 1,750 million dollars
It was in 2007 when he announced his first significant action for the polio eradication. In a partnership with Rotary Internationalthe foundation is positioned as a nuclear partner of the Global Eradication of Poliomyelitis, with the purpose of matching the funds raised.
The health crisis that originated in 2020 made the Bill Gates Foundation the protagonist. Not surprisingly, they opted to speed up the development and equitable distribution of tests, treatments and vaccines against COVID-19 pandemic with an economic item that rose above the $1.75 billion.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Commitment to Health