Abu Dhabi Crown Prince pledges $120m in polio drive

Cash will be used in efforts to eradicate disease in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Daniel Shane
Thu 25 Apr 2013 10:02 AM

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed has pledged a donation of AED440m ($120m) to support efforts to eradicate polio within the next five years.

The donation, which was announced ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit, will be partly used in efforts to eradicate the preventable disease in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Saving generations of children from preventable diseases is a humanitarian initiative that can only be achieved through global collaboration,” Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement carried by official news agency WAM.

The Global Vaccine Summit opened in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The event features 300 global leaders in medicine and vaccine research, as well as prominent speakers including UN head Ban Ki-moon and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Cases of polio, which affects the spinal cord, have largely been eradicated in the West, but the disease remains endemic in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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