How Global Citizens Helped Push the UK to Increase Polio Vaccine Funding

Global Citizen has been campaigning to fund the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) since our very first festival in 2011. Since then, hundreds of thousands of actions have been taken by UK Global Citizens — resulting in a £300 million commitment by the UK government in 2013 and a further £100 commitment in 2017.

The original Global Citizen Festival was actually an event about the elimination of polio. Nearly a decade ago, we hosted the “End of Polio Concert” in Australia — and this #WorldPolioDay, we’re looking back at your astonishing impact.

That first festival, in 2011, raised funds for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Since then, hundreds of thousands of actions have been taken by Global Citizens like you — resulting in commitments across the world, including the UK’s pledge to immunise 45 million children against the disease every year until 2020.

That means globally over 80 children every minute are receiving life-saving polio vaccines because of Global Citizen actions, saving more than 65,000 children from paralysis each year.

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