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.


Related News

   21/09/2018
Girl or boy, health workers in Nigeria are determined to show parents that the polio vaccination is for all children.
   20/09/2018
Update on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan for August 2018
   18/09/2018
Darcy Levison, WHO Polio Eradication Officer, speaks to us about the logistical challenges of reaching every single child with polio vaccine in the Lake Chad subregion.
   31/08/2018
Meet WHO’s Chris Maher, who has spent 25 years following polio to its last hiding places.
   30/08/2018
On Pakistan Independence Day, vaccinators break records for the number of children protected against polio.
   30/08/2018
Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, made significant and important contributions to global efforts to eradicate polio.