Bill Gates has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan to continue their fight to eradicate polio, despite Taliban’s interference in achieving zero cases.
“We’ve got to get Afghanistan and Pakistan to zero,” Gates said. “We need government donors to stay committed.”
“The big issue there is always with the Taliban,” said Gates.
In a telephone interview with Reuters, Gates was optimistic about the global plan to eradicate the paralyzing viral disease, but said Afghanistan’s conflict and power struggles hamper progress.
Gates is the founder of multi-billion dollar philanthropic with his wife, named the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The organisation is one of the biggest funders of the polio eradication campaign.
Latest Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) figures show that worldwide, there were 33 cases of polio in 2018 and six so far in 2019 – 16 of them in Pakistan and 23 in Afghanistan.