Listen to music while browsing

Gates Foundation Commends India's Progress Against Polio

By Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

SEATTLE, January 12, 2012/PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ -- One year polio-free anniversary underscores success of comprehensive approach to eradication

Health leaders around the world today will acknowledge an important achievement in the fight against polio as India marks one year since the last recorded case of wild poliovirus in the country.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/49366-gates-foundation-commends-india-on-one-year-polio-free

This success is the result of the Government of India's hard work and great partnerships with Rotary International, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WHO and UNICEF as well as millions of volunteers, health workers and community leaders.

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, issued the following statement on this occasion:

"This is a major milestone in the global fight against polio. Children in India are now protected against this debilitating, but preventable disease, bringing us one step closer to saving and improving the lives of all children.

"Polio can be stopped when countries combine the right elements - political will, quality immunization campaigns, and an entire nation's determination. We must build on this historic moment and ensure that India's polio program continues to move full-steam ahead until eradication is achieved.

"By continuing to raise the funds needed to run the global campaign, world leaders can ultimately save billions of dollars and help to ensure that no child ever suffers from this crippling disease again.

"I congratulate the Government of India, Prime Minister Singh, Union Health Minister Azad, the Chief Ministers - especially of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal - and the millions of individuals who have contributed to this success. India's story illustrates the possibility of tremendous progress even in the face of difficult economic times, a challenging environment and competing development needs. Partnerships and innovation are key to saving lives and creating economic opportunity for people living in poverty throughout the world."

Note to Editors:

High-resolution footage will be available here:

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/press-room/Pages/news-market.aspx.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Learn more at http://www.gatesfoundation.org or join the conversation on Facebook [http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/billmelindagatesfoundation?ref=ts ] and Twitter [http://twitter.com/gatesfoundation ].

Contact

Email: media@gatesfoundation.org

Phone: +1-206-709-3400

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"The main force that can drive the impossible is faith,dare to do the impossible"
By: Divine Success

Guinea opposition urges protests ov

People assist a protester injured during clashes with police at an anti-government protest in Conakry on April 20, 2015.  By Cellou Binani (AFP/File) Thursday, April 23, 2015

Conakry (AFP) - Guinea's opposition called for protests across the country again ...
read more »

Burundi opposition calls for even b

Protesters throw rocks during clashes with police in Cibitoke, north-western Burundi, on April 26, 2015, as protests escalated over a bid by the president to seek a third term.  By Esdras Ndikumana (AFP) Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Opponents of a bid by Burundi's president to seek a ...
read more »

Zuma hits back at other African sta

Thousands march in Johannesburg against the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa on April 23, 2015.  By Gianluigi Guercia (AFP/File) Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Johannesburg (AFP) - President Jacob Zuma on Monday hit out at other African cou ...
read more »

Burundi president sticks to third t

A protest in Musaga on the outskirts of Bujumbura on April 28, 2015.  By Simon Maina (AFP) Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza will continue ...
read more »