Bill Gates, Partners Mark Polio Day 2011

The international community must make a greater commitment, demonstrate greater accountability and provide more funding to boost global progress toward eradicating polio, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners said on World Polio Day, Oct. 24.

“We have an extraordinary opportunity to eradicate polio but we need greater global commitment, leadership, and funding,” said Bill Gates, co-chairman of the foundation, which partners with organizations such as FC Barcelona, the Global Poverty Project and Rotary International for its campaign to end polio.

Organizations and governments across the globe are set to mark World Polio Day with different activities. Polio-affected countries in Asia and Africa, for one, are planning a week-long vaccination campaign targeting more than 80 million children, according to the Vanguard.

“Polio is not gone,” Gates and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard remind in an op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald. “There are places around the world where the virus continues to maim and kill children.”

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.