Japan provides US$9 million to prevent pediatric infections in Afghanistan

Japan has agreed to provide ¥940 million (US$9 million) to strengthen the prevention of pediatric infections in Afghanistan, which will provide polio vaccines for approximately one million children under the age of one and for three million women in their reproductive years.

In 2018, the mortality rate for children under five years old was 62 per 1000 births in Afghanistan. 27% of these deaths were caused by infectious diseases. The implementation of routine vaccinations will decrease the number of infectious diseases in children and women throughout Afghanistan.

Press release – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in Japanese)