Japan renews commitment to support polio eradication efforts in Pakistan
On November 29, 2016, the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement for the “Project for the Control and Eradication of Poliomyelitis”. The grant amounts to 404 million Japanese Yen (US $4 million), and will support the administration of 3.9 million Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) doses to children in the highest polio risk areas in Pakistan.
The Government of Japan has supported the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan since 1996, and has allocated approximately 23 billion Japanese Yen (US$ 216.53 million) to date, helping promote Pakistan’s significant progress in their fight against polio. Due to such efforts, the number of polio cases causing paralysis in Pakistan has had a dramatic decrease from 306 in 2014, to only 16 cases this year.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Pakistan, Mr. Takashi Kurai, JICA’s Chief Representative in Pakistan Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, and Ms. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Deputy Representative in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, all expressed their optimism in the eradication efforts against polio in the country. Mr. Tojo mentioned how he hoped that “this investment will ensure future generations will no longer have their lives blighted by this crippling disease”.
・Japan renews commitment to support polio eradication in Pakistan