G8 Sea Island Commitment To Help Stop Polio Forever: Statement

Sectors : Polio
Organisation : G8
Date made: 

Commitments in: Health - Polio

"...3. We will take all necessary steps to eradicate polio by 2005.

4. To ensure that polio does not reemerge, we will work to ensure the full integration of necessary measures in national health strategies and structures in the post-eradication period through 2008.

5. We are pleased that the financing gap for 2004 has now been closed through our efforts and those of others. We are determined to close the 2005 financing gap by the 2005 G-8 Summit through contributions from the G-8 and other public and private donors.

6. We urge governments that have pledged money for polio eradication to turn their pledges into real contributions. We will work to ensure that contributions are made in a timely manner so as to enable budgeting and planning for effective immunization campaigns from now through 2005.

7. We will also remain engaged with the governments of the six polio-endemic countries and the nine countries in which polio is now spreading to urge them to take stronger steps to contain and destroy the polio virus. We will also engage other donors and organizations to help support and encourage these countries.”