Both foundations have signed an agreement last July in which they undertook to carry out a series of actions to raise awareness about this disease, under the slogan''More than a goal. End Polio''(''More than a goal. The End of Polio'').
One such action took place last Saturday at the Camp Nou, before the league match between Barcelona and Sevilla, Barca players when they left the pitch with a shirt with the slogan''and''End Polio number 99, corresponding to the percentage of eradication of the disease.
In the video released today awareness, Bill Gates, the creator of the software giant Microsoft, wears the shirt of Barcelona, while acknowledging that "no sports organization in the world demonstrates this passion for social issues" and says "proud" by the alliance signed between the Foundation and FC Barcelona.
For its part, the president of the Catalan, Sandro Rosell, reaffirms that the club has chosen the "best team" to play this important match against polio, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In the piece, produced by Barça TV, coach Josep Guardiola also recalls the "commitment" of the first team to the cause. Finally, calls to join the project through the''official''facebook campaign.
Polio is an infectious disease that invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis. The disease spreads in places with poor hygiene and affects mainly children and young people. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by a vaccine administered in divided doses during childhood.
Global campaigns have reduced polio cases by 99 percent. In 1988, the disease paralyzed or killed nearly 350,000 people in the world. In 2010, fewer than 1,500 cases detected. However, the disease still exists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. Polio could be the second disease eradicated from our planet after smallpox.