Sajjad welcomes Commission’s commitment to polio eradication

Sajjad has hailed the European Commission’s commitment to fighting polio as a step closer to eradication.

On Tuesday (12th June) at the annual Rotary Convention, the Croatian Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to support the 'drop to zero' of the poliovirus by pledging €55 million to the cause until 2019.

The announcement comes after Sajjad - who has been a champion of the cause over the years, working in close coordination with Rotary International - wrote to the Commission earlier this year asking how the Commission intended to support polio eradication in the coming months.

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Sajjad said:

“Commissioner Mimica’s commitment towards fighting polio is wonderful news and couldn’t come at a better time, with cases of the disease at an all-time low.

“The EU’s funding is a step closer towards reaching complete eradication and I would like to thank Rotary International for their remarkable work on the issue.

“But there is still a great deal of work to do. Pakistan is one of only 3 remaining countries that is affected by the virus, so we must concentrate all our efforts into ensuring that this terrible illness is eradicated once and for all.”

The 2017 Rotary Convention took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and garnered a total of $1.2 billion towards eradicating polio. The next annual conference will take place in Toronto, Canada.