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Stop Polio Campaign

Volume 973: debated on Thursday 8 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what support his Department is giving to the Stop Polio Campaign; if his Department is in contact with the Save the Children Fund and the World Health Organisation regarding the campaign; and if he will make a statement.

[pursuant to his reply, 6 November, c. 115]: As part of its contribution to the Year of the Child, the Save the Children Fund, in close co-operation with the World Health Organisation and other international agencies, has launched the Stop Polio Campaign to help overseas Governments to eradicate poliomyelitis. The campaign is being started in Central and Southern Africa where the disease is endemic. Assistance from the European Economic Community has been secured for the programme of immunisation in Malawi; and a contribution of up to £28,160 has been agreed under my Department's joint funding scheme towards the capital costs of the campaign in Lesotho and Swaziland. This contribution will cover 50 per cent, of the costs of the cold-chain equipment and vehicles in each country.