The efforts of the United Arab Emirates have effectively contributed to eradicating polio in the most affected countries through funding and awareness efforts thanks to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State – may God protect him – and the close follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy the commander in chief of the armed forces.
The efforts devoted by the UAE to eradicate the disease were inspired by those foundations and ideals established by the father, the founder of the state, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The UAE, along with its partners, played a pioneering role in eradicating polio over the past years by supporting the delivery of vaccines to protect more than 16 million children and supporting the efforts of polio outbreaks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan within the implementation of the final strategy of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative 2019-2023, It aims for a world free of wild polioviruses around the world.
Since 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has allocated more than $ 250 million to support international efforts to eradicate polio, which reflects and confirms his personal commitment to eradicating preventable diseases that negatively affect the poorest societies and lack health services. around the world .
In this regard, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) confirmed that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces has remained an important partner and hero of the global initiative, as his support contributed to stimulating progress to stop polio in countries. The remaining infestation, with a special focus on strengthening immunization efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Officials in the initiative expressed their happiness and pride in supporting His Highness’s activities to eradicate polio through the Global Initiative to Eradicate the Disease and the Emirates Assistance Pakistan Program, where the UAE campaign contributed 417 million vaccines in 2018 to protect the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children at the highest levels of risk areas In Pakistan.
Noting that the UAE during this year also completed a commitment of US $ 120 million presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the World Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi.
They expressed their gratitude for the long support and dedication of the partners, including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed who gathered the world at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in
Abu Dhabi in November 2019, as world leaders pledged $ 2.6 billion to eradicate polio – including His Highness’s pledge of $ 160 million, which follows pledges dating back a decade.
Noting that this support has allowed, for example, the delivery of more than 400 million drops of polio vaccine to protect the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children in Pakistan, and has funded more than 5,000 full-time vaccination workers in high-risk areas of Pakistan.
For its part, the World Health Organization appreciated the efforts of the United Arab Emirates, donor countries and institutions aimed at eradicating polio in the world, and affirmed that the budget for scheduled activities was fully funded thanks to the continuous and generous support provided by the international development community, including Member States, especially donor countries generously. For the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, such as the UAE, multilateral and bilateral organizations, development banks, endowment institutions, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rotary Club.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, expressed his appreciation and thanks to the UAE for its long-term generous support and unwavering dedication to eradicating polio, especially the personal commitment of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, stressing that “this is the kind of support that guarantees We reach every other child in the world and light the way for health for all. ”
Abdullah Al Hamed: The UAE’s position is a cause for pride
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, Head of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi: The UAE’s position in facing polio around the world is a cause for pride, as there are many children of the world benefiting from timeless humanitarian initiatives launched by the UAE to combat polio under the generous direction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
Al Hamed added: The decrease in the number of polio cases during the past years is a clear indication of the importance of concerted global efforts and joint cooperation between government agencies, the private sector, civil society institutions and charities that have harnessed their potential to save lives and provide a better future for the world’s children.
He stressed that the UAE continues to support global efforts to eradicate polio, as its polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan – within the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to eradicate polio in the world – has succeeded in overcoming the challenges of the spread of the new Corona virus and reaching more than 16 million children, providing them with 28 million doses of vaccination.
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