Germany provides additional critically-needed funds to Pakistan

€ 2 million in support pledged to help defeat last remaining reservoirs of the virus

A boy getting vaccinated against polio in school during a campaign in Lahore, Pakistan in May 2018. © WHO EMRO / Anam Khan
A boy getting vaccinated against polio in school during a campaign in Lahore, Pakistan in May 2018. © WHO EMRO / Anam Khan

With polio at the lowest levels in history in Pakistan, the country is about to launch an all-out and hopefully final assault on the disease in 2018. To help these emergency efforts, the Government of Germany announced today an additional € 2 million in financial support, to Pakistan’s national emergency action plan. Germany is a longtime supporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) with contributions totaling more than US$ 550 million to the effort, not including a recently announced additional pledge of € 19.9 million to Nigeria’s polio eradication effort for 2018. For its engagement in polio eradication, including in fostering global commitment, Germany has on numerous occasions been internationally recognized at the highest levels. Chancellor Angela Merkel is a past recipient of Rotary International’s prestigious Polio Champion Award.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners would like to extend their profound gratitude to both the Government of Pakistan and Germany for their collaboration and for their tremendous support and engagement in the effort to eradicate polio globally.

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