The Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA)

The Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America  (APPNA) is a non-profit professional association of Pakistani Physicians dedicated to fostering scientific development and education in the field of medicine and delivery of better health care, without regard to race, color, creed, gender, or age; to assisting newly arriving Pakistani physicians in orientation and adjustment; to institute ways and means to cooperate with other medical organizations in North America; to encourage medical education and delivery of better health care in Pakistan; to participate in medical relief and other charitable activities in Pakistan and in North America; and to inform and educate decision-makers regarding the problems facing those in the medical community.

UNICEF and APPNA members have, over the past four years, helped to raise over $125,000 to support UNICEF’s work in Pakistan.  With over 90% of all donations to the UNICEF USA going directly to UNICEF’s programs for children, such support has helped save and protect countless young lives.  And, because UNICEF leverages every dollar raised, the impact of this generous support has been maximized to benefit as many children as possible.

Polio in Pakistan – The Final Inch

Since the 1950s, with the development of the vaccine against polio, the world has been on a steady march to eradicate polio from the globe.  In 1979, polio was eradicated from the United States.  In 1994, polio was chased from the entire Western Hemisphere.  In 2012, India was declared polio free.  Now, with your crucial and urgent support, it is time to place Pakistan on that list.  The story so far is remarkable:

A few decades ago, over 20,000 cases of polio were reported in Pakistan, every year. Many of these children, without access to a vaccine that costs 0.11¢ per dose, were disabled for life.  Others did not survive.

This year so far, thanks to UNICEF leadership on this issue, there have only been 71 cases reported as of June 8th. Imagine the number of parents and children today who no longer worry about the threat of polio.  Imagine the resources saved in Pakistan by not having to support tens of thousands of newly disabled children every year.

Pakistan remains one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic – and the one with the most cases in 2013 by far.  With a worldwide effort, and your support, we can eradicate polio in Pakistan, once and for all.  We are so close to total eradication and yet there is much work still to be done.

UNICEF’s unmatched leadership, reach, access, expertise, and relationships on the ground make us uniquely positioned to help Pakistan rid the country from this terrible disease. For example, last April, UNICEF supported a national immunization campaign that vaccinated 33.5 million children in just a few days.

Please join UNICEF in eradicating polio in Pakistan, and from the face of the earth.