The world has made extraordinary progress in its fight against polio, and we are closer than ever to elimination. Today the disease remains endemic in only three countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Until poliovirus transmission is interrupted in these countries, all countries remain at risk, and countries with weak public health services and travel or trade links to endemic countries are especially at risk. Progress against polio is fragile and requires unwavering commitment. If we fail to eradicate the disease, the world could begin to see up to 200,000 new cases annually within the next ten years.

2
countries

remain endemic – Afghanistan and Pakistan

33
cases

of wild poliovirus reported in 2018

99%
decrease

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.

  1. 71 Million Pakistani children vaccinated
  2. 407 Million doses of polio vaccine administered*
  3. 97,000 community health workers support the campaign
  4. 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.

  1. 64 water purification treatment plants built
  2. 898 kilometers of roads built in SWAT valley
  3. 43 primary and secondary schools built