UNICEF and WHO drink KSrelief backing for measles and polio pandemics forestallment
The World Health Organization( WHO) and UNICEF ate moment funding agreements from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre( KSrelief) valued atUS$ 10 million to further bolster polio and measles programmes in eight countries. The agreement was inked on the sidelines of the World Health Summit in Berlin.
The new backing will give UNICEF and WHO withUS$ 5 million each in response to a call for exigency action by WHO and UNICEF to forestall major polio and measles pandemics. WHO and UNICEF have prompted countries to prioritize vaccination for children as they rebuild their immunization systems following major global immunization dislocations caused by COVID- 19. The epidemic has left millions of vulnerable children at heightened threat of preventable nonage conditions.
With this generous donation from KSrelief, WHO will support the polio and measles programmes in Somalia, Iraq, and Sudan through the procurement of laboratory outfit; enhancing surveillance; digitalisation of EPI; strengthening the cold chain; and trainings of crusade vaccinators. UNICEF will support the five high- threat countries of Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and Pakistan with the procurement and in- country distribution of polio and measles vaccines and inventories like cold chain outfit and hypes
; reclamation and training of vaccinators; and sustainably strengthening immunization systems.
“ COVID- 19 has had a ruinous effect on immunisation services encyclopedically,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director- General of WHO.” KSrelief’s generous support will help WHO to save children’s lives, serving an estimated 50 million people and preventing major outbreaks of vaccine- preventable conditions including polio and measles in Somalia, Iraq and Sudan.”
“ We can not let COVID- 19 drive new pandemics of nonage complaint,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell.” The epidemic disintegrated routine immunization services around the world, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened threat of polio, measles and other preventable nonage conditions. This new agreement will restate into lives saved and stronger immunization systems that will profit millions of children. ”
Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre( KSrelief) stated “ This cooperation agreement will strengthen global action to cover vulnerable children at increased threat from preventable nonage conditions; it also affirms the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s fidelity to saving lives and securing futures. The agreement is the result of the Kingdom’s commitment to working with the WHO and UNICEF to concertedly address global health challenges. ”
At the World Health Summit, which brings together governments, benefactors, civil society and lawyers, UNICEF and WHO renewed calls for critical action to forestall measles and polio pandemics and reaffirm commitments to annihilate vaccine- preventable conditions.