Last night, to coincide with the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia, more than 4,000 campaign supporters attended The End of Polio Concert – raising their voices in support of polio eradication, and calling on world leaders to commit to ending this debilitating disease.
And we were heard.
Less than 24 hours later, at a special press conference called just to discuss polio eradication, United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Bill Gates declared their support for polio eradication efforts and collectively committed more than $100 million of additional funding for polio eradication efforts – significantly reducing the funding gap currently limiting vaccination efforts – and providing 100 million additional vaccines against this paralysing disease.
The momentum of this campaign is building.
Today’s announcement is an incredible win – and a testament to the power and influence of people driven movements.
As we celebrate this important victory, we ask you to continue to build the momentum of this incredible global campaign by sharing The End of Polio petition with friends – asking them to join the call so that we can demonstrate support for additional funding commitments by donor countries.
Today, as we celebrate getting one step closer to polio eradication, remember that realising the end of polio will not only protect future generations from the debilitating impacts of an infectious disease, but also play a key role in the bigger movement – towards the end of extreme poverty. Thank you for the part you have played so far in this monumental story,