UAE donates 116 million vaccines toPakistan

The United Arab Emirates has said that it has donated a total of nearly 116 million polio vaccines to Pakistan for more than two years aiming to eradicate the disease from the country.

The Emirates Polio Campaign was launched in 66 areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. The campaign is a part of the UAE government's 2013 decision to donate 440 million Dirhams to support the global effort to completely eradicate polio by 2018. The efforts are being focused on Pakistan, as it has one of the world's highest rates of polio infection.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and business magnate Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had announced in 2011 that they are working together to provide vaccinations to children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The partnership committed an amount of USD 100 million including USD 50 million from each side for the purchase and delivery of polio vaccines that are aimed at eradicating the disease in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The UAE-PAP polio campaign has used its teams, healthcare centres and mobile units to deliver vaccines to remote villages, refugee camps and border areas in the country.