The campaign, under the slogan "Health for All ... Better Future," was launched during a press conference in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
During a speech at the press conference, Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of UAE PAP, said, "The launch of the UAE vaccination campaign came as per the directives of Sheikh Khalifa to provide humanitarian and development assistance to the friendly people of Pakistan. It also comes as part of the initiative of General Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to eradicate polio in the world."
He pointed out that the UA. campaign is a humanitarian initiative aimed at vaccinating 3.643 million Pakistani children against polio over a period of three months, i.e. June, August and September, 2014.
Sheikh Mohamed had previously donated Dhs440 million as a contribution in support of the global effort to eradicate polio by 2018, with a special focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
This contribution is the second one to be provided by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed to deliver life-saving vaccines to children all over the world, as in 2011, Sheikh Mohamed and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership whereby a total amount of $100 million divided equally between the two parties, was presented for the purchase and delivery of vital vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Also, the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi in 2013 saw the announcement of the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan which aims to completely eradicate polio, which would cost the international community $ 5.5 billion.
Source : Gulf Today , 28th May 2014