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World Leaders Unite Behind Global Polio Eradication Efforts

Political leaders, donor representatives, and medical experts met this past week on the sidelines of the 67th U.N. General Assembly session “to celebrate [polio eradication] efforts that have already reduced the incidence of the crippling and potentially fatal disease by 99 percent around the globe. … [W]orld leaders vowed … to embrace a new approach that includes long-term funding commitments, greater accountability and a specific focus on the three countries where the crippling disease remains endemic.”

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “who is helping spearhead a global campaign to eradicate polio,” has said ” he hopes that by 2015 no child in the world will be paralyzed by the disease and by 2018 polio will be wiped out,” according to the Associated Press. More at: http://bit.ly/PmW191 [Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report, Sept. 28, 2012]

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