ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the World Bank, led by Dr Robert Oelrichs, task team leader for the National Immunisation Support Project (NISP), is in Pakistan to finalise a $180 million deal for routine immunisation of children in the country.

The provinces and the federal government will spend money on the immunisation and the amount will be reimbursed in case of satisfactory performance.

National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) Coordinator Dr Rana Muhammad Safdar told Dawn that the negotiations had been going on for two years for the five-year scheme.

“The World Bank will provide $50m, the Vaccine Alliance Mission Gavi $54m and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $25m.”

He added that the remaining amount would be provided by other donor organisations.

Published in Dawn, January 21st, 2016