World applauds UAE’s polio eradication efforts in Pakistan

Islamabad

The United Arab Emirates has long played a pivotal role in supporting global eradication efforts Humanity is on the verge of one the greatest public health achievements in history eradicating polio.
According to Khaleej Times report, Despite many challenges faced by the polio programme, Pakistan has made strides towards stopping transmission and in 2017 is the closest it has ever been to reaching that goal. After many years the highly transmittable yet vaccine preventable virus is finding that there are very few places left to hide.
In 2016, as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign Phase-III, a total of US$ 18.4 million was contributed to the polio programme in Pakistan through WHO for 66 high-risk districts in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Sindh that were identified for support.
Through this initiative, more than 10.6 million children have been administered polio drops in each of the 3 phases of the campaign supported by the United Arab Emirate’s Pakistan Assistance Programme between March and December 2016. Overview of the United Arab Emirate’s support to the Polio Eradication Initiative
In 2016 the United Arab Emirates contributed US$18.4 million to the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan through WHO to cover incentives to polio frontline workers, in addition to the associated operational costs during the supplementary immunization activities in 66 high-risk districts of FATA, KPK, Balochistan and Sindh.
Through this initiative, more than 10.6 million children have been administered polio drops in each of the 3 phases of the campaign supported by the Pakistan Assistance Programme between March and December 2016. From March to December 2016 over 71.5 million polio drops were given to children during the campaign in 66 districts.
This contribution helped to reach children in the most insecure areas through the support of the security forces. The financial support has allowed the programme to increase the incentive rate to frontline workers, which adds to motivation.
“We are extremely grateful to the United Arab Emirates and the Director of the Pakistan Assistance Programme, Mr Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, for the multi-year long commitment shown in ending polio in Pakistan. The generous and unwavering support the United Arab Emirates continues to show to Pakistan is making all the difference. Without it, the programme would be lacking what it needs to push to the end,” said Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Representative to Pakistan.—APP

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