Project profile — Polio Plus for Pakistan


UNICEF - United Nations Children's Fund (41122)
2013-12-04 - 2017-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Health, General: Medical education/training (12181) (35.00%)
• Basic Health: Basic nutrition (12240) (40.00%)
• Basic sanitation:
Basic sanitation (14032) (12.50%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (12.50%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The Polio Plus initiative aims to address a combination of factors that have led to the continued transmission of the polio virus in Pakistan by: increasing the number of children immunized; enhancing community acceptance and the security of health workers delivering the vaccine; and decreasing children's vulnerability to polio due to malnutrition and illness.

Expected results 

The ultimate outcome of this initiative is polio eradication in Pakistan. The expected outcomes are to reduce the number of children missed during the national immunization days and to decrease vulnerability of children to polio from malnutrition and illness in endemic and targeted project areas.

Results achieved 

Results achieved at the end of the project (March 2017): The Polio Plus initiative added to polio vaccination efforts in Pakistan by contributing to a reduced vaccine refusal rate, a reduction in missed children to below 1% in very high risk districts, and a significant drop in polio cases from 306 in 2014 to 20 by the end of 2016. This has been done through a strengthened cross-sector approach to improve availability of and access to integrated priority services including nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene, maternal, neonatal, and child health, and routine immunization in polio high-risk areas. The project conducted 2,202 Health Camps in 21 high-risk districts across Pakistan reaching a total of 546,756 women and children with health services resulting in the routine immunization of 108,205 previously missed children (55,018 girls and 53,187 boys) and the vaccination of 9,030 children under 5 years who had never received an Oral Polio Vaccine.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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