The World Bank is extending a credit of $41 million to Pakistan for the country’s polio vaccination campaign targeting 32 million children.
The credit for the Third Partnership for Polio Eradication Project in Pakistan will be drawn from the International Development Association and is expected to be repaid by project partners Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary International and United Nations Foundation on behalf of the Pakistani government “with the achievement of the agreed result,” according to an April 21 World Bank press release.
“Although Pakistan has seen great progress in the reduction of polio over the last 20 years, it remains one of the few countries where polio still impacts lives and recent increases in the number of cases are worrying,” said Rachid Benmessaoud, World Bank country director for Pakistan, in the release. “With this most recent support, we are assisting the implementation of the emergency plan to eradicate the disease entirely so no one will ever have to live with its devastating effects.”
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