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Dr Thieren meets Mr Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli Director of the United Arab Emirates Pakistan Assistance ProgrammeDr Thieren meets Mr Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli Director of the United Arab Emirates Pakistan Assistance Programme17 July 2016 – On 13 July 2016 Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Pakistan Representative, visited the United Arab Emirates embassy in Islamabad and met with Mr Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli Director of the United Arab Emirates Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE/PAP). Mr Abdullah and Dr Thieren discussed among other topics, the progress of the ongoing "Polio Supplementary Immunization Activities Campaign Operations” project. 

The US$ 8.3 million UAE/PAP/WHO project has been made possible thanks to the commitment of the Government of the United Arab Emirates in ensuring that over 10 million children receive oral polio vaccine in the 66 highest risk districts in Federally Administered Tribal Araras, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan and Sindh. 

Mr Abdullah expressed satisfaction with meeting and agreed to explore new activities and events for joint collaboration with WHO to end polio in Pakistan.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 213 707
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 9.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 178
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 66.5

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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