ABU DHABI, Nov 2 — Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Co-operation, said the UAE has provided the vaccines to about two million children worldwide, noting that the UAE does not spare any effort to support the humanitarian issues.
Sheikha Lubna was addressing the Half-Yearly Review Conference of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), held in Stockholm to ensure the provision of vaccines to immunize children from the diseases and eradicate them as well. A number of officials and representative of donors to the global alliance, civil society organizations, ministers of Health and International Development attended the international event.
The UAE minister conveyed the regards of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to the conference, referring to the efforts of Sheikh Mohamed in partnership with Bill Gates, President of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that made the UAE to join the global alliance since 2011.
Sheikha Lubna said the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi has pledged US$33 million from 2011- 2013 to help curb the rates of child mortality as well as reduce the spread of diseases in Afghanistan, noting that the last installment of $10 million will be available at the end of this month.
She said the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization exerts utmost efforts to reduce the child mortality rates and the spread of diseases through making the vaccines available, noting that the UAE is proud to back the international efforts in this respect.
Sheikha Lubna exchanged views with Seth Berkeley, CEO of the Global Alliance for Immunization and Vaccines on cooperation mechanisms between the UAE and the alliance. Berkeley hailed the initiatives of UAE, noting that the members of alliance appreciate invaluable contributions of the UAE.
She held the meetings on the sidelines of the conference with a number of heads of delegates, among others, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Kihara. –WAM