The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are joining forces to help eradicate polio in Pakistan through a new strategic partnership that will support the country’s campaign against the disease.
Under the partnership, which was announced Wednesday, Aug. 17, Japan will provide a 4.9 billion yen ($65 million) loan to support polio eradication activities in Pakistan through 2013. The loan will be repaid by the Gates Foundation if the projects it finances are successfully implemented by the Pakistani government.
Japan started considering this partnership with the Gates Foundation in July and is also reportedly looking at providing similar loans to help decrease maternal deaths in Bangladesh.
>> Japan Eyes Loans to Help Pakistan Eradicate Polio
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