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Press Release No.4

- Rs. 32 crore grant to UNICEF

Embargo: 11:00 hrs NEW DELHI: May 31, 2004

The Government of Japan agreed today to extend to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) a grant assistance of Rs.32 crore (798 million yen) for the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis from India. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan to India, and Ms. Erma Manoncourt, Officer-in-Charge, UNICEF India country office, at a ceremony held in the Embassy of Japan today. 

Polio Eradication Campaign in India

Polio eradication campaign is a world-wide program to wipe out poliomyelitis from the earth by 2005. Presently, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Niger and Egypt, are the only six countries that remain to be declared polio-free.

India is the most populous country among them; so a joint international effort is being made, involving the Government of India, UNICEF, WHO, donor countries and agencies, together with state governments and NGOs.

Japan’s Commitment

Japan has been supporting the Polio Eradication Campaign in India since 1996. Although the contribution is modest (3% of the total activity budget), the cumulative amount up to this year will reach Rs.254 crore (6.38 billion yen).

As a result of the massive endeavour by the agencies involved, polio cases dropped dramatically last year. Japan reaffirms its commitment to support the campaign to achieve zero transmission in India by the end of 2004.

Utilization of the Grant

Japan’s grant will be used for the purchase of 71 million doses of oral polio vaccine and 3 million disposable syringes.

The Target area is the north-eastern states as well as Bihar and West Bengal.