Burnet Institute Deputy-Director and Head of the Centre for International Health Professor Mike Toole at The End of Polio event.
The past 30 years has seen polio has been reduced by 99 per cent and the number of polio endemic countries has gone from 125 to four (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan).
Australian of the Year Simon McKeon encouraged a group of MPs to support The End of Polio campaign and asked the Australian government to commit $50 million to go towards polio eradication initiatives.
There is currently a gap in funding of $590 million, which is compromising efforts to eradicate polio.
“We’ve actually done the majority of the hard work. It’s just a matter of getting serious for once, putting the final nail in the coffin of this condition and dealing with those last four countries,” Mr McKeon told Australian Associated Press at the event.
Burnet Institute Deputy Director and Head of the Centre for International Health Professor Mike Toole also spoke at the event.
“Eradication of polio will not only remove a significant threat to the future of vulnerable children, but will also write a story of success that will reinvigorate public support for aid,” Professor Toole said.
For more information on the global polio eradication program, visit www.theendofpolio.com.