• 06-AUG-2012

  • SOURCE: Rotary International

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicates Tällberg prize toward ending polio

Rotary Celebrates India's First Polio-Free Year
The global effort to eradicate polio received a SEK 1 million boost today as Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, dedicated the monetary award she accepted from the Tällberg Foundation to Rotary International – a humanitarian service organization that has made a polio-free world its top priority.

"Ending polio forever is a critical step in protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases and a testament to what innovation can do," said Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "Rotary International has been an invaluable champion for bringing the world more than 99 percent of the way toward a polio-free world, and will continue to be in the final steps to success."