ACB, UNICEF sign agreement against polio
KABUL (Pajhwk): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on Sunday signed a two-year agreement on joining hands to eradicate polio disease from Afghanistan.
The agreement was signed between ACB chairman Nasim Danish and UNICEF representative Lakshmi Balaji at the ACB office.
After signing the accord, Danish told reporters that the UNICEF would financially assist the cricket board under the two-year contract.
He said the UNICEF would particularly provide financial assistance for conducting the largest annual domestic Shpageeza (Sixes) Tournament due to begin a few months later in Kabul.
He said the Afghanistan national players would appear in anti-polio adverts and attend events besides other social activities as part of the agreement.
Danish said UNICEF logo and anti-polio slogans would be put on uniforms of players participating in the Sixes Tournament.
“The Afghanistan Cricket Board will cooperate with the UNICEF in eliminating the polio disease beyond the contract because it is a national subject,” the ACB chief said.
UNICEF representative for Afghanistan Lakshmi Balaji said cricket was one of the games having big fan following in Afghanistan and the Afghan team had great achievements in the cricket world.
He said poliovirus was a killer and cricketers could play a key role to rid the world of it. He said UNICEF had been campaigning against poliovirus in Afghanistan since 1994 and would continue its drive in future.
Balaji said currently seven children were infected by the virus in Afghanistan and the disease remained endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan alone.
The agreement comes the day an anti-polio vaccination campaign was launched in various provinces.
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