UAE makes final payment towards Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The UAE has fulfilled its commitment to donate $120 million (AED 440 million) towards international efforts for eradicating polio.
The country has paid the balance $12 million (AED 44 million) of the amount pledged by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi.
This takes the UAE’s total contribution to over AED 616 million since 2011, with the bulk of support going to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three countries that are still fighting the disease.