The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) has distributed Rs216 million to 10,500 polio workers in Pakistan who were impacted by floods and climate change. The GPEI worked to support the workforce as much as possible and secured funds to compensate workers who suffered damage to their homes. The initiative also committed to supporting more than 12,500 polio workers across the country. The polio programme adapted its operations to ensure progress against the disease was not lost. Pakistan is close to ending polio, but is vulnerable to climate crisis. The GPEI activated extreme weather contingency plans to resume immunisation activities for polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Despite the difficult circumstances, the programme managed to reach nearly 32 million children in the country during its August 2022 campaign and helped establish critical health camps in flood-affected districts to provide basic health services. The programme staff also actively conducted disease surveillance and collected and analysed data to help target outbreak response strategies in these high-risk settings. The GPEI emphasizes the importance of learning from its work in Pakistan to ensure that the fight against polio can continue amid future disruptions.
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