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The Heads of the G8 countries unanimously reaffirmed their commitment to polio eradication at last week's G8 Summit in Deauville, France

In an official declaration, the group said: "We stress our continuing commitment to the eradication of polio. Our past support has contributed to the 99% decrease of polio cases in the developing countries. We flag the need for a special focus on this issue and renewed momentum. To this end, we will continue to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative." G8 countries have historically been the most important donor base to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), though several G8 countries have decreased their funding in recent years. The group's strengthened support, if operationalized, will be critical to urgently fill a global funding gap of US$665 million through 2012. In its April 2011 report, the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) had called this funding gap the 'single greatest threat to the GPEI's success'. For more, please visit www.polioeradication.org  

Last Updated on Friday, 03 June 2011 06:56

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