Rotary approves US$500,000 emergency grant for Somalia

Rotary approves US$500,000 emergency grant for Somalia

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SEPTEMBER 2013

Rotary approves US$500,000 emergency grant for Somalia

Rotary approved a US$500,000 rapid response grant to the World Health Organization to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The grant covers operational costs including those for human resources, training, and transportation of health workers, to help immunize children under 10 in all accessible areas of the country. The governments of the United Kingdom and Japan have announced financial commitments of US$15.3 million and $1.3 million, respectively, to fund emergency immunization campaigns in the Horn of Africa, where polio has afflicted children in Kenya and Ethiopia as well as Somalia.