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Rotary commits $35 million to fight polio

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Following three recent reports of new cases of wild poliovirus in Nigeria, Rotary has announced a $35 million funding for the eradication of the disease in Nigeria and other at-risk countries.

Of the sum, $8.15million will go toward stemming the recent outbreak in Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad Basin River including northern Cameroon, southern Niger, the Central African Republic and Cameroon.

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Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are acting to immunize children in Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad Basin.  Nearly one-fourth of the funds ($8.15 million) will support the emergency response campaigns in this at-risk region, and last month Rotary provided $500,000 to immediately assist with the outbreak response.


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