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Islamic Advisory Group supports final push for polio eradication

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Third_IAg_meeting5 August 2016 – The Islamic Advisory Group for Polio Eradication (IAG) adopted a new work-plan last week to help in the final push to end polio in the last 2 Muslim countries where the virus remains in circulation – Afghanistan and Pakistan. The announcement came at the conclusion of the third annual IAG meeting held at the Islamic Development Bank’s headquarters in Jeddah. During the meeting, the Group also expressed its intention to expand its role by supporting other immunization initiatives and programmes that benefit maternal and child health.

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