Project profile — Eradicating Polio in Pakistan


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2022-01-25 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
OGM Indo-Pacific

Country / region 

• Pakistan (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Infectious disease control (12250) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• 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 (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to contribute to the interruption of wild polio and vaccine-derived polio throughout Pakistan and address gender barriers to immunization to ensure all girls and boys receive the polio vaccine. Pakistan is one of the last two remaining polio endemic countries in the world (Afghanistan is the other), where the wild poliomyelitis (polio) virus continues to threaten the health and well-being of girls and boys. This project expands immunization in rural, remote and high-risk areas in Pakistan and enhances transmission detection. The project also aims to improve health and nutrition services and outcomes for women and children. Project activities include: (1) strengthening the capacity of the polio program to immunize all girls and boys in rural and remote areas in Pakistan; (2) deploying special vaccination strategies for mobile and refugee populations in difficult to access locations; (3) engaging with communities on integrated health services (including maternal and child health, nutrition, water, sanitation, hygiene and essential immunization); and (4) maintaining polio surveillance and detection systems by testing sanitation points and strengthening community-based surveillance networks. The project is implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) expanded immunization throughout Pakistan, particularly in rural, remote and high-risk areas; (2) improved access and utilization of integrated health services in underserved polio priority communities and communities with demonstrated resistance to polio vaccination; and (3) enhanced detection and surveillance of polio transmission and enhanced response in high-risk communities in Pakistan.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,000,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
02-06-2023 Disbursement $2,000,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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