Islamabad: A Grant Agreement on provision of funds worth 203,000,000 Japanese Yen for polio eradication in Pakistan was signed Thursday between Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA & UN Children’s Fund UNICEF to procure oral polio vaccine and social mobilization in fiscal year 2011-12.
Japan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Hiroshi Oe & UNICEF Representative Pakistan Dan Rohrmann signed Exchange of Notes. Toshiya Sato, JICA Senior Representative & Dan Rohrmann signed Grant Agreement for funds release. Government of Japan supported Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan since 1996. Total grant assistance made so far comes to about US$89.5 million and accounted for 26% of all oral polio vaccine procured so far. For past 16 years, Japan’s support was instrumental in ensuring sufficient quantities of vaccine are in place and ensure sustained cold chain to protect their potency.
JICA also involved with UNICEF, other partners and continues to provide technical assistance to Pakistan government to support polio eradication activities. Since program launched in 1994, number of cases reduced from more than 30,000 in 1994 down to 132 in 2011.
On August 15, 2011, JICA signed Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Pakistan government to provide up to 4,993 million Yen (about $65 million) loan for assistance in Polio Eradication Project. Object is to optimize immunization of polio vaccines to children less than 5 years by procuring vaccines, providing services necessary for polio immunization activities, thereby contributing to eradication of polio in Pakistan.