Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZ Charity Part of Final Push for Polio Eradication

For Immediate Release 03/12/2012

NZ Charity Part of Final Push for Polio Eradication

The Global Poverty Project (GPP) is launching a new phase of it’s ‘The End of Polio’ campaign in Auckland today. The charity is spearheading a national effort to highlight the challenges and achievements of polio eradication globally over the next two years. The local initiative is part of a global push with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio.

“With just 175 cases left worldwide, polio is now in the endgame stage and could be wiped from the face of the earth by 2015,” said GPP NZ Country Director, William Watterson. “This is truly a momentous effort and a historic milestone for humanity.”

Watterson says polio has been 99.97% eradicated as a result of coordinated vaccination efforts throughout the developing world. Despite lingering outbreaks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, India has been declared polio free since going one full year without reporting any new cases.

Watterson says the polio endgame will require broad-based collaboration, targeted political pressure and a ground-swell of engagement from NZ citizens.

We’ll be celebrating the phenomenal efforts of Rotary, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others in the fight against polio,” said Watterson. “We’ll also be looking at how we can create more public and political engagement to meet the funding shortfall necessary to eradicate this disease.”

According to the The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the price tag for the polio endgame strategy is over US$5.5 Billion. Despite the success of the program, there is currently a funding shortfall of almost US$1 billion.

“To ensure the polio endgame gets the support it needs, Global Poverty Project will be launching a number of new exciting initiatives centered around polio over the next year,” said Watterson.

He says his organization will be asking kiwis to sign The End of Polio online petition, lobby their MP’s to bolster government support on this issue and attend rallies and events to show their solidarity with the cause.

Watterson says the government funding levels on polio vaccination have tapered off in recent years, at a critical time.

“The New Zealand Government has given a total of US$2.81 million toward global polio eradication efforts – starting with US$1.75 million between 2003 and 20005, and tapering down to just US$50,000 in 2010.” said Watterson. “The Government has been able to put forward substantial funding in the past, but the trend has been one of steady decline over the past decade, at exactly the time when we need to be stepping up our commitment to this issue."

Watterson says the Global Poverty Project’s campaign on The End of Polio is about reminding kiwis of the profound effect that aid can have on the lives of the poor when it’s spent in wisely. "It's crucial that we see the commitment to eradicate polio through to the end."

ends

Short GPP Film about the Polio Endgame
For more information:
www.theendofpolio.com
www.globalpovertyproject.com

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 
 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news