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Rotary Meets US$200 Million Global Fund Challenge

By Solomon Chung, AllAfrica.com

932 days ago   Article ID# 1545691
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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (AllAfrica.com) - Rotary International has met the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's $200 million match in funding for polio eradication, raising more than $202.6 million in the first quarter of this year.

"This is a milestone achievement, but it doesn't mean that we'll stop raising money or spreading the word about polio eradication," Rotary Foundation Trustee, John Germ said yesterday.

Nigeria's District Governor 9125, Lawrence Okwor said the fund-raising milestone was reached in response to N355 million in challenge grants awarded to the Rotary Foundation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"All have been earmarked to support polio immunisation activities in affected countries where the vaccine-preventable disease continues to paralyse children," he said in Abuja.

Okwor added that in recognition of Rotary's great work and to inspire Rotarians, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committing an additional $50 million to extend her partnership.

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