Japan Boosts UNICEF’s Polio Eradication Campaign in Pakistan

    The Japanese government has contributed $2.64 million to UNICEF’s polio eradication efforts in Pakistan.

    So far this year, 136 Pakistani children have contracted polio, according to UNICEF.

    The U.N. agency said Nov. 3 it will use the money to buy 11 million doses of oral polio vaccine for its 2012 campaigns and support social mobilization messaging to end misunderstanding and prejudice against polio vaccination, especially in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which accounts for nearly 50 percent of reported polio cases. 

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