Global Leaders Commit US$ 2.6 Billion At World Health Summit To End Polio
Global leaders announced USD 2.6 billion funding for the 'Global Polio Eradication Initiative' (GPEI) 2022-2026 strategy to eradicate polio at the World Health Summit in Berlin.
World Health Summit (WHS)
It is an international health conference.
It aims to strengthen exchanges, promote innovative solutions to health challenges, establish global health as a major political issue, and promote dialogue on global health in the spirit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
What is Polio?
Polio is a potentially fatal viral infectious disease that affects the nervous system.
There are three types of polio virus-
Wild Polio Virus 1 (WPV1)
Wild Polio Virus 2 (WPV2)
Wild Polio Virus 3 (WPV3)
All three types are similar depending on the symptoms and can cause paralysis and death.
The virus spreads from person to person mainly through the 'faecal-oral route' or through contaminated water or food.
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