In implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, and the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and with the follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, By providing humanitarian and development assistance, supporting the health sector and strengthening its preventive programs in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the management of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan announced the results of the Emirates campaign for polio vaccination that was implemented in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan during the period from 2014 to the end of September 2021, where the campaign succeeded In the administration of 583 million and 240 thousand and 876 doses of vaccination against polio during 8 years to more than 102 million Pakistani children.
The administration of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan stated that the UAE vaccination campaign is implemented within the framework of the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to eradicate polio in the world, as His Highness’s initiative comes within the framework of the humanitarian approach of the UAE in cooperation with international organizations and institutions to develop human development programs and reduce From the spread of epidemics and disease prevention, providing humanitarian and health assistance to needy and poor communities and peoples, and supporting global initiatives to eradicate polio.
Since 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has provided $250 million, as a contribution from His Highness to humanitarian and charitable efforts to provide vaccines and finance polio vaccination campaigns, especially in the two countries targeted by the initiative, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Detailing the results of the campaign, the management of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan indicated that the UAE campaign for polio vaccination in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has succeeded since the beginning of this year 2021 in providing 75 million and 148 thousand and 404 doses of vaccination against polio, bringing the total of the campaign provided since From 2014 to 2021, the number of 583 million and 240 thousand and 876 vaccination doses.
The project management explained that the campaign, in light of the outbreak of the new Corona virus “Covid-19” and its field challenges, managed from July 2020 until September 2021 to give 127 million and 664 thousand and 157 doses of vaccination against the disease to children targeted in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, in light of exceptional preventive and precautionary measures to protect Immunization teams, target children and their families.
The geographical coverage of the UAE campaign for polio vaccination included 84 difficult and high-risk areas in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The geographical scope of the campaign included coverage of 34 areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the tribal areas in which children received 298,581,946 doses of vaccination. And 33 districts in Balochistan province in which children received 86,898,201 doses of vaccination, 14 districts in Sindh province in which children received 173,557,631 doses of vaccination, and 3 districts in Punjab where children received 24 million 203 thousand and 98 doses of vaccination .
The management of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan explained that the field efforts to implement vaccination campaigns in various Pakistani provinces, with the participation of more than 103 thousand people including doctors, observers and members of vaccination teams, and more than 82,000 protection and security personnel and management and coordination teams, focused their field efforts and distributed them to deliver vaccines. The targeted children were vaccinated. The campaign also allocated special vaccination teams to provide vaccines and vaccinate more than 597,000 children of Afghan refugee children in 22 refugee camps.
Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, director of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan, said in a statement on this occasion that the great success of the UAE campaign for polio vaccination is due to the generous directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the constant support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Nahyan, and the keen follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the field efforts of the campaign, where the United Arab Emirates is distinguished for leadership and progress among the countries of the world in its vision and efforts in implementing humanitarian and development initiatives and projects directed at protecting poor and needy peoples and communities from diseases, epidemics, crises and disasters.
Al-Ghafli stressed that the generous directives of the rational leadership in the field of supporting and developing preventive health care for children represent a civilized, pioneering and noble model in caring for the safety of the lives of poor and weak children, protecting them from the negative repercussions of diseases, and staving off risks from them.
He also stressed that the constant and generous support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for the various global programs and efforts that are being made to eradicate and eradicate diseases, is one of the most important factors that contribute to the success of the efforts and programs of the United Nations for human health care, and had a direct and significant positive impact on improving the quality of life. and the future of hundreds of millions of people in various countries of the world, and His Highness’ humanitarian initiatives in this field are among the basic factors on which many organizations and poor countries are based in reaching their goals and achieving their goals by protecting innocent people and children from diseases that threaten their health and future.
Abdullah Al-Ghafli pointed to the importance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s initiative to eradicate polio in the most difficult and largest incubating areas in the world, explaining that preventive programs and Emirati vaccination campaigns against polio were able to achieve their noble humanitarian goals and promote the development of human safety and health, especially The category of children and their protection from the spread of the virus, and the prevention of its negative health repercussions, as the generous initiative of His Highness was translated into the field through the launch of the Emirates campaign for polio vaccination in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 2014, which since its launch has been able to achieve success in the difficult challenge, and to contribute to the decline The number of polio cases in Pakistan at a high rate of only one case, in the first nine months of this year 2021, according to the data of the World Health Organization, which is an excellent positive indicator towards the final eradication of this disease, and is consistent with the strategic goals and plans of the World Health Organization and the United Nations in this side.
He explained that the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has contributed internationally to achieving positive strategic partnerships with governments and organizations affiliated with the United Nations, such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and international charitable institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, through cooperation and coordination in developing methods for planning, implementing and developing vaccination campaigns. Against polio, an aspect that raised the level of success rate in reaching innocent children, and increased the rate of achievement in the countries targeted by vaccination campaigns.
The Director of the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan praised the role, efforts and sacrifices of the vaccination teams of doctors, nurses and security personnel in all difficult field conditions and challenges, which were the main and most important factor in achieving success and outstanding achievement, noting that the UAE campaign for polio vaccination covers monthly 84 districts, with an area It is equivalent to 59% of the total area of Pakistan, with more than 16 million Pakistani children impeding access to them by a set of obstacles and field dilemmas, including difficult terrain, security risks, and harsh climatic conditions, in addition to the dilemma of the ongoing population movement. Children in these areas also need To get double vaccinations throughout the year due to malnutrition, weak immunity, health care, and the incubating environment for the virus.
Abdullah Al-Ghafli concluded by saying that the occasion of World Polio Day, which falls on October 24 of each year, represents a humanitarian message that includes commitment and international cooperation to protect innocent children and prevent them from diseases, especially polio, and to support the efforts and sacrifices of all contributors and workers in the field to achieve this humanitarian goal.