How will the Investment Partnership for Polio help eliminate the disease?
• Because so few polio cases remain, polio-endemic nations may have been inclined to direct their limited health resources toward other diseases. The Partnership provides targeted resources and incentives to support continued eradication efforts. How does the Partnership work? • The partnership combines World Bank and private donor funds to create a unique system of incentives to encourage aggressive and effective efforts to eliminate polio. • After successful completion of a polio eradication program supported by World Bank loans, donor funds will be used to pay off, or “buy down,” the balance of the loan. Because of the generous loan terms, each donor dollar will result in the affected country receiving $2.50-3.00 to support polio programs. Why do we need a special polio buy-down mechanisms? • While countries may be reluctant to take on World Bank loans to fight polio, even with generous loan terms, the “buy-down” program essentially converts those loans into grants. • Because the bu