Eradicating Polio: Canada donates $19.9m to Nigeria

For the total eradication of polio in Nigeria, the Canadian government, through the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, has announced a contribution of $19.9m.

The grant, which will be implemented during the period 2016/17 – 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO), is expected to sustain the polio eradication gains through strengthened Routine immunization (RI).

This project is stated to help immunize approximately 6.6 million girls and 6.9 million boys against polio in 11 high risk Nigerian states. Also, the project will train approximately 154,000 vaccinators and help protect up to 250,000 children from vaccine preventable diseases.

The funding by the Canadian government is therefore expected to contribute towards the consolidation of the polio eradication gains and strengthening of the Routine Immunization system.

Would this contribution truly help in eradicating polio in Nigeria?