By News Desk
South Korea is the first country to support the World Health Organization (WHO) project in response to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) outbreak in the Larakana district of Pakistan.
According to details, the Republic of Korea has decided will extend humanitarian assistance of $100,000 in cash through the WHO to help respond to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) outbreak in Larkana district of Sindh province.
As many as 935 residents of Larakana have been confirmed with the virus, including 760 children, less than 15 years of age.
WHO representative in Pakistan Dr Palitha Mahipala had called on Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Pakistan Kwak Sung-kyu in order to garnering support for the WHO project to respond to the unprecedented HIV outbreak in Larkana.
The Korean Embassy played a constructive role in Seoul’s making the decision to support the noble cause of the WHO project, sympathizing with the grave concern that HIV is spreading rapidly and the majority of the victims are children.
Despite South Korea’s commitment, there remains a significant funding gap for the WHO project, as it requires $ 4.5 million for the next two years for preventing the spread of transmission of HIV infection in Pakistan and reducing the suffering among the HIV infected population, especially children.
Informing Dr Mahipala of South Korea’s decision for support, Ambassador Kwak said, “I expect that other governments and international NGOs will join South Korea in supporting WHO’s efforts in responding to the HIV outbreak in Pakistan.”
Dr Palitha said, “WHO highly appreciates the valuable support made by South Korea, enabling WHO to scale up its response to the HIV affected population.” GNP