November 3, 2011
Group photo at grant signing ceremony of representatives from Government of Pakistan, Japan along with JICA and UNICEF
Islamabad, November 3, 2011: A Grant Agreement on the provision of funds worth Two Hundred and Three million (203,000,000) Japanese Yen for polio eradication in Pakistan was executed between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the procurement of oral polio vaccine and social mobilization during 2011-12.
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, His Excellency Hiroshi Oe and Representative of UNICEF Pakistan, Mr. Dan Rohrmann signed the Exchange of Notes. Mr. Toshiya Sato, Senior Representative of JICA and Mr. Dan Rohrmann signed the Grant Agreement for the release of funds for the said purpose.
The Government of Japan has supported the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan since 1996. Total grant assistance made so far by the Government of Japan comes up to approximately US$ 89.5 million, and has accounted for 26% of all oral polio vaccine procured so far. This is a significant contribution towards reducing the number of polio cases in Pakistan. For the past 16 years, Japan's support has been instrumental in ensuring that sufficient quantities of vaccine are in place and to ensure a sustained cold chain to protect their potency.
JICA has also been involved with UNICEF, along with other partners and continues to provide technical assistance to the Government of Pakistan to support polio eradication activities. Since the programme was launched in 1994, the number of cases has been reduced from more than 30,000 in 1994 down to 132 in 2011.
In another venture, on August 15, 2011, JICA signed a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to provide a loan of up to 4,993 million Yen (approx. 65million USD) for assistance for the Polio Eradication Project. The objective of the project is to optimize immunization of polio vaccines to children less than 5 years, by procuring vaccines and providing services necessary for polio immunization activities, thereby contributing to the eradication of polio in Pakistan