Developing Countries: Poliomyelitis

Department for International Development written question – answered on 11th July 2018.

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Photo of Rehman Chishti Rehman Chishti Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding has been allocated by her Department for the eradication of polio globally since 2010.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has been an extraordinary success story with cases being reduced from 350,000 a year in 125 countries in 1988, to 22 last year with only 3 countries not yet declared polio-free. The UK has supported this effort with a current spend of £453 million since 2010, and a cumulative investment of £1.3 billion since 1988. The UK continues to be a staunch supporter of the eradication effort.

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