Islamabad, Feb 09, 2017: International donors highly appreciated the gains made by Pakistan to eradicate the deadly poliovirus and pledged to continue their support for “making polio a history.”
“This year Pakistan has recorded the lowest number of polio cases in 15 years and is all set to interrupt virus in 2017. Our front line workers are committed, resources stand mobilized and communities are geared to achieve the target of interruption by end of the current low transmission season,” said Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, in her welcome address. at a high level meeting with the International donors of the programme held at the National Emergency Operations Centre.
Dr Rana Safdar National, Coordinator for Emergency Operations Centre briefed representatives of donor and prospective donor agencies and countries today about the progress on implementation of National Emergency Action Plan 2016-17 and strategies for interruption through effective management, surveillance and accountability.
Representative of Japan, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, Islamic Development Bank, KfW Development Bank, JICA, Dfid, USAID, Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, CDC and Bill Melinda Gates Foundation were present at the meeting.
Angela Kearney, Country Representative UNICEF in Pakistan praised the leadership of the programme for being honest and transparent in running a huge programme with utmost efficiency. “We will continue to support the programme at all levels,” she said.
Dr Assai Ardakani, WHO acting Representative appreciated the vision and performance of the national leadership and hoped that polio program will leave behind good lessons for improving the overall health structures and systems of Pakistan.
National Chair of Rotary International Pakistan Aziz Memon said that Rotary is “proud to be part of this national cause and would continue to support the polio eradication programme through financial, logistical and human resource support in the years to come.”
Representative of JICA Yohei Ishiguro said that both government of Japan and his agency are happy and satisfied to be part of a performing program.
Representative of Islamic development Bank in Pakistan Inamullah Khan applauded the exemplary political commitment shown by the government to make polio eradication an almost reality in Pakistan.
Representative for Pakistan Islamic Development Bank Inamullah Khan, First Secretary of Canadian High Commission Kiril Iordanov, CDC representative Syed Mansor Saeed, Project Coordinator KfW Germany Dr Masuma Zaidi, Program Manager Australian High Commission Humaira Ibrahim, Resident Advisor FELTP Dr Rana Jawad, Economic Specialist US embassy Gul-e-Afshan, Team lead health and nutrition Dfid Dr Chris Athayde attended the donor briefing