Updated: Jul 04, 2022 02:41 STI
New York [US]July 4 (ANI): The European Union has provided an additional 25 million euros for polio vaccines and 15 million euros for child protection in Afghanistan.
Andreas von Brandt, EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, said it is dangerous for children to work outside the home, especially when these migrant children are exposed to violence, exploitation and abuse. abuse.
“That’s why the EU is providing an additional €15 million to UNICEF, to help identify boys and girls returning to Afghanistan who need help, as well as children at risk of migration, and give them options other than migration or work,” he said. cited by the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
According to a statement by UNICEF, several Afghan children have been forced to work, and some even take the risk of working abroad since 88% of households had at least one child working in difficult conditions outside the country. home.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Ayoya, UNICEF representative in Afghanistan, said the EU was contributing €25 million to UNICEF and the World Health Organization to support vaccination campaigns against polio throughout the country, particularly at borders where children may transit.
“Afghanistan is one of the last two polio-endemic countries in the world, and transmission often occurs when children move from Afghanistan to Pakistan and back, causing them to miss their regular vaccination appointments,” Ayoya said.
“These funds will allow UNICEF and WHO to strengthen polio vaccination efforts to ensure that all children in the country and those crossing transit points are vaccinated against polio,” he said. -he adds.
According to the statement released by UNICEF, the organization had purchased 33.5 million doses of polio vaccines, vaccinating between 6.3 and 9.8 million children between May 2021 and April 2022.
“Permanent teams positioned at the busy borders with Iran and Pakistan also vaccinated 1.2 million migrant children,” the statement said.
With the exception of Afghanistan and Pakistan, poliomyelitis has been completely eradicated worldwide, according to Khaama Press. (ANI)