The government of Canada, through Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophone, has announced a contribution of $19.9m for the total eradication of polio in Nigeria.
According to a statement from WHO, “the minister made the announcement on the margins of the Women Delivers 4th Global Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. As recently as 2012, Nigeria was the global epicenter in the world as Nigerian poliovirus frequently spread internationally, causing outbreaks as far away as Indonesia.
“However, in September 2015, the WHO removed Nigeria from the list of endemic countries and over 22 months now, there has been no reported case of polio. However, on-going immunization activities are essential to forestall any re-emergence of the virus.”
Furthermore, the project will aid in immunizing an estimate of 6.6 million girls and 6.9 million boys against polio in 11 high risk Nigerian states.
It will also build capacity by training approximately 154,000 vaccinators and help protect up to 250,000 children from vaccine preventable diseases.
The grant is therefore, expected to sustain the polio eradication gains through strengthened Routine Immunization (RI) and is to be implemented during the 2016/17-2020 period by the World Health Organization (WHO).