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The UK Government are a long term supporter of polio eradication and provide support through annual contributions to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), based in the World Health Organisation. Officials at the Department for International Development (DfID) are closely engaged with GPEI, other key donors and endemic and formerly endemic country governments over the policy challenges to elimination that remain.
In 2010, UK support contributed about 10 per cent of the surveillance, staff and other costs associated with vaccinating up to 167 million children under five years, underpinned by a financial contribution of £100 million over five years. UK funding is not earmarked, enabling GPEI to allocate it against current priorities.