A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child during a polio vaccination campaign in Lahore on December 11, 2018. Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio remains endemic. / AFP / ARIF ALI
A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a child. AFP

UAE vaccinates 57 million Pakistan children against polio

The UAE has helped vaccinate more than 57 million Pakistani children against polio in the four years to 2018, official figures have shown.

The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme aims to support efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide.

It was launched under the directive of President Sheikh Khalifa and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Between 2014 and 2017, the campaign administered 254.4 million doses of vaccines to 43 million children in Pakistan.

Coverage was recently extended to include a further 83 areas in four provinces of Pakistan, helping reach an extra 13 million children in the following 12 months.

More than 96,000 workers, including medical staff, management and security teams, were involved in administering the campaign.

Millions of children have been saved from death and crippling disabilities thanks to global efforts to eradicate polio in the last 30 years.

Despite the success of health initiatives, the disease remains a deadly danger in Pakistan, as well as in Afghanistan and Nigeria, the only three countries on the planet still be to free of polio.


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The global campaign to eradicate polio was launched in 1988, with international support. The UAE was declared polio free in 1992.

The disease is easily prevented by a simple vaccine first developed in 1955 and has been almost entirely eradicated in the West for more than half a century. Australia was declared polio free in 1972 and the UK by 1982.

For a country to be declared polio free there must be no new case for two years.

The UAE's fight against polio has also included collaborations with philanthropist and business magnate, Bill Gates.

Only in October it was revealed that Abu Dhabi could one day be home to a global research institute set up to tackle polio and other infectious diseases and backed by Bill Gates.

The UAE has been a partner of the foundation’s mission to eradicate polio across the world since 2011, when Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, started working with Bill and Melinda Gates on the issue.


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In addition to the Emirates and Etihad programmes, there is the Air Miles Middle East card, which offers members the ability to choose any airline, has no black-out dates and no restrictions on seat availability. Air Miles is linked up to HSBC credit cards and can also be earned through retail partners such as Spinneys, Sharaf DG and The Toy Store.

An Emirates Dubai-London round-trip ticket costs 180,000 miles on the Air Miles website. But customers earn these ‘miles’ at a much faster rate than airline miles. Adidas offers two air miles per Dh1 spent. Air Miles has partnerships with websites as well, so booking.com and agoda.com offer three miles per Dh1 spent.

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