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Cross-posted from with thanks! As the Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan was shared at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, world leaders showed their support through a series of historic commitments, including: The UK's Department for International Development committed GBP£300 million to eradication The Gates Foundation pledged US$1.8 billion, and a new group of philanthropists committed an additional total US$335 million His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, pledged US$120 million Qatar Charity and the Gates Foundation signed a co-operation agreement in support of the eradication effort The new commitments make clear the confidence of global leaders and the vaccine community in the new plan's ability to both achieve a lasting polio-free world by 2018 and help build systems that will deliver critical health services, including vaccines and maternal health care, to those most in need. The commitments bring the world almost three-quarters of the way to the US$5.5 billion needed to fully fund the plan. Please help share this great news through your social media and other networks, including Twitter. One of the key figures in the fight to end polio is Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate, the Nigerian Minister of State for Health. Although Nigeria's eradication campaign faces substantial challenges, this year's remarkable progress - a nearly 50% drop in cases in 2013 compared to last year - are in large part thanks to his tremendous leadership and dedication. In a recent interview in Leadership, Dr. Pate explains why he's confident that Nigeria will succeed and highlights the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication. Thank you for your continued support in the global mission to end polio. In the words of UNICEF's Executive Director Anthony Lake, "Ending polio will not only be an historic feat for humanity, but also a huge part of our efforts to reach every hard-to-reach child with a range of life-saving vaccines." Best, David Gold Principal, Global Health Strategies

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