Gates Foundation backs Rotary fight against polio

PUBLISHED: 13:49 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010

THE Rotary Club of Honiton has welcomed the news that the international organisation has joined with other bodies to fight polio. It has teamed up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the British and German governments in committing more

THE Rotary Club of Honiton has welcomed the news that the international organisation has joined with other bodies to fight polio.It has teamed up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the British and German governments in committing more than $630 to fight the crippling disease in Africa and Asia.The Gates Foundation has awarded a $255 miullion challenge grant to Rotary, which the club will match with $100 raised by its members over the next three years.Ron Galling, president of the Rotary Club of Honiton, said: "We are so close to eradicating one of the most feared diseases in the world. We hope these donations will encourage governments and non-governmental organisations to ensure that resources are available to end polio once and for all."Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Gates Foundation said: "Rotarians, government leaders and health professionals have made a phenomenal commitment so polio afflicts only a small number of the world's children."However, complete elimination of the polio virus is difficult and will continue to be difficult for a number of years."Rotary, in particular, has inspired my own personal commitment to get deeply involved in achieving eradication.

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