October 17

New Funding to Ensure 370 Million Children Receive Polio Vaccinations and to Boost Health Innovation in Low-Income Countries

Today, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new financing partnership to address critical global health opportunities: eradicating polio and ensuring that innovations in health are more accessible to the people who need them most. The World Health Organization and UNICEF, as implementing partners for the polio funding, will deploy the resources to eradicate polio, support the distribution of other childhood immunizations and strengthen health systems so they are better able to respond to emerging health threats.

The expected €1.1 billion financing package aims to provide new funding to eradicate a human disease for only the second time in history and help solve the health and development challenges faced by the world’s most vulnerable people, who otherwise do not get fair access to healthcare services and innovations.

Photo courtesy of Sanofi Pasteur.

Source: World Health Organization (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
public health, public-private partnerships, technical assistance, vaccines