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Worldwide efforts in the last two decades have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent. Until we reach eradication, however, we are working with governments and all partners in the polio effort to ensure no child is at risk of either contracting or transmitting this crippling disease.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection

What would it take to introduce a vaccine into 126 countries—including those with the world’s weakest health systems—in two and a half years? Eighteen months ago, we were approached with that following request: Could we coordinate efforts to support over 120 countries to add the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into their routine immunization programmes before the end of 2015?

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Get A Shot. Give A Shot: We Can Help All Kids Get Life-Saving Vaccines

The United Nations Foundation and its partners have come up with a novel idea. Appropriately named “Get A Shot, Give A Shot,” this campaign builds on the foundation's Shot@Life initiative. For every vaccine administered as part of the campaign between August 1 and October 14, a life-saving vaccine will be donated for children in developing countries.

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Get a Shot. Give a Shot. ®

To help provide greater access to vaccines for children in developing countries, while also improving immunization rates in the U.S., Walgreens and the UN Foundation developed “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” – a campaign through which Walgreens donates the value of a life-saving vaccine for each vaccine it administers at its pharmacies and Healthcare Clinics.

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Polio Eradication: How a watch can change the world

Over the next five years, five different watch designers will participate in Rotary International’s Time to Act project, creating five unique watches to raise funds that will help stop polio once and for all.

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The Start of My Journey as the Gates Foundation CEO

The foundation’s new CEO reflects on what she learned at a recent gathering of employees and partners.

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