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Protecting Pakistani Children from Typhoid

Feb 25, 2018

The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, is partnering with the Government of Pakistan's Sindh province on a children's anti-typhoid campaign by donating 250,000 medical disposable syringes.

After the Sindh Department of Health noticed a recent rise in the number of drug-resistant typhoid cases, it asked USAID for assistance. The syringes USAID is supplying will help immunize 250,000 children against a drug-resistant strain of typhoid reported in Latifabad and Qasimabad, two sub-districts of Hyderabad, Sindh.

Pakistan usaid helping to prevent typhoid. (File)
Pakistan usaid helping to prevent typhoid. (File)

Oghale Oddo, USAID's Acting Deputy Mission Director for Sindh and Balochistan, said, “Our support for the government's Typhoid outbreak control activities exemplifies the strength of our ongoing partnership. USAID will continue to support the Government of Sindh in their efforts to institutionalize evidence-based care.”

The U.S. Government, through USAID, has supported the Government of Sindh for over five years to save the lives of children by ensuring that they have improved access to basic health services.

Since the inception of this program, USAID has partnered with the Government of Pakistan to save lives, strengthen families and communities, and develop a healthier workforce. Over the last five years alone, USAID has provided over 9.4 million women and children with life-saving maternal, child, and reproductive health care services; trained more than 50,000 people on evidence-based health care interventions for women and children; and supported the governments of Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to meet women's family planning needs.

The United States partners with Pakistani officials to help protect the children of Pakistan from the deadly threat of multi-drug resistant typhoid.