WHO lauds Mohamed bin Zayed’s role in global polio eradication efforts

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended the initiative of General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, to eradicate polio in the world by the year 2018 and his generous support to the drive to help 3.6 million children in Pakistan get vaccinated against polio, ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

This came during a speech given by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan at the high level meeting of the global polio eradication partners, held Monday in Geneva.

In 2011, Sheikh Mohamed and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced a strategic partnership whereby a total amount of US$100 million, divided equally between the two parties, was presented for the purchase and delivery of vital vaccines for children in Afghanistan and Pakistan.