remain endemic – Afghanistan and Pakistan
of wild poliovirus reported in 2018
in the number of polio cases since 1985
Through our efforts on the ground in Pakistan and our commitments to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, the UAE is working to eliminate polio from every town, village and country in the world. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, has personally committed US$ 168.5 million to global efforts to eliminate polio.
Emirates Polio Campaign
The Emirates Polio Campaign enables the administration of vaccinations in areas of the country previously thought unreachable. The campaign leverages the UAE’s expertise and unique resources on the ground to reach remote locations. Since the campaign’s launch, cases of polio-related child paralysis have dropped dramatically, freeing a generation from the lifelong burden of disability.
- 71 Million Pakistani children vaccinated
- 407 Million doses of polio vaccine administered*
- 97,000 community health workers support the campaign
- 83 districts classified as high-risk for polio covered
*Provided through the Emirates Polio Campaign between 2014 and 2018
UAE Pakistan Assistance Program
The Emirates Polio Campaign works in close coordination with UAE Pakistan Assistance Program (UAE PAP), recognizing that communities at risk for polio also face extreme poverty and poor access to sanitation, basic health care, infrastructure and nutritious food. The program takes a coordinated approach to poverty eradication by delivering food aid, building water treatment plants and spearheading infrastructure projects to connect these communities to essential services and markets.
- 64 water purification treatment plants built
- 898 kilometers of roads built in SWAT valley
- 43 primary and secondary schools built
Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly infectious viral disease caused by the poliovirus. It mainly affects young children and can cause paralysis in some cases. There is no cure for polio, but it can be prevented by vaccination.
I spend a lot of time on polio, part of it talking to the funders to make sure they continue their commitment even though eradication is taking longer than any of us would like. I remind them of the huge benefits of success, and the risk that the disease will return in a big way if we don’t finish the job.
Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation