Canadian government and Rotary Foundation Canada partner to fight polio and poverty
Over the upcoming four years, the Canadian government will give $2 for ever $1 that the Rotary Foundation Canada raises to finance the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Endgame Strategy. The maximum amount is $12 million. UNICEF will then receive the funds.
This work will help to save countless lives of children around the world.
“We cannot stand idle while women and children in developing countries die of causes that are easily and inexpensively prevented,” The Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, said. “That is why Prime Minister (Stephen) Harper has taken a leadership role in addressing the health challenges faced by women, newborns and children in the world’s poorest countries. Polio immunization, given in several doses, can protect a child against polio for life. This can have significant implications for their ability to be productive and contributing members of their societies. This initiative will bring us one step closer to achieving our collective vision of a polio-free world.”
Several other members of Parliament also spoke on their support of the move.
“I am proud that our government is supporting the efforts of Rotary Foundation Canada to impact the world by focusing on improving the health, education and livelihoods of those who are most in need,” Brad Butt, member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville, said. “Canada is committed to increasing maternal, newborn and children health, building sustainable economic growth and securing a better future for children and youth.”