he campaign for the global eradication of Polio, founded by Rotary International in 1985 and subsequently joined by strategic partners, the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Centre for Disease Control, has made massive strides in its noble objective. While over 380,000 people were infected this disease annually, in 2014 the number was just over 400 globally and up to March 21st 2015, there had been 20 cases, 19 of which were in Pakistan.
Eradicating the last 1 % of polio cases is difficult and costly, yet achievable by 2018 thanks to global efforts. As proven by recent outbreaks, no country  will be safe until all countries are free of polio. 
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has lobbied for the presentation in the European Parliament of a cross-party, non-political Declaration 008/2015 dated 9 March 2015 which urges the European Commission to make a continued commitment to supporting polio eradication as a priority in its future development actions, and to allocate appropriate levels of funding to polio vaccination campaigns and surveillance over the next four years.
Ian de Cesare reported that the lobbying of the Maltese MEP's had resulted in getting all six on board, to support the Polio erradication campagin.