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Islamabad

December 7, 2017

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Canada to support polio eradication till ‘the job is done’

Canada to support polio eradication till ‘the job is done’

Islamabad: David Hartman, Director General of Global Affairs, Canada, Wednesday appreciated the progress achieved by Pakistan’s polio programme and assured that Canada, which remains a proud donor to the global polio eradication initiative, will continue to support the initiative until “the job is done.”
The statement was made when a Canadian delegation led by David Hartman and including Joseph Sebhatu and Daniel Joly, Head of Development Cooperation, and First Secretary Development respectively, visited the National Emergency Operation Centre. The delegation was briefed by the Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, who appreciated Canada’s commitment to support polio eradication.
Commending the tremendous turn-around that Pakistan has made in the past couple of years, David Hartman said Canada will be a willing partner till the job is finished. “Under the Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), we recognize that supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is imperative to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world,” he stated.
Hartman added that since Pakistan’s polio eradication programme works with thousands of female frontline workers (almost 58% of the workforce), FIAP aims to support that with the greatest potential to close gender gaps and improve everyone’s chance for success. “But it also works across other action areas that reflect the multidimensional nature of poverty, in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working in this way aims to lead to better development results and benefits everyone, including men and boys,” he added.
Earlier, Ayesha informed the delegation that the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for polio eradication in Pakistan, in its recent meeting held last week, had appreciated the polio programme’s progress. She said, the current polio epidemiology remains the best ever seen. The number of cases has declined from 20 in 2016 to 6so far this year; 2 from Karachi (Sindh) and one each from Lodhran (Punjab), Diamer (GB), Killa Abdullah (Balochistan) and Lakki Marwat (KP).

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