26 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-235

ISAF PRT supports UNICEF’s fight against polio in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - ISAF’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) at Kandahar provided support to UNICEF’s fight against polio in Afghanistan.  UNICEF medical teams provided vaccinations to children at the Mirwais Hospital in Kandahar City.  The UNICEF campaign, funded in part by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is focusing on some 7 million children across Afghanistan under the age of 5 in an attempt to eradicate polio, a disease that is highly contagious and can result in paralysis or death.

CIDA works out of the Kandahar PRT’s base at Camp Nathan Smith.  “They fund numerous projects across Afghanistan as part of Canada’s approach to assist in providing a safe and secure environment in which Afghans can live peacefully,” said Squadron Leader David Marsh, Regional Command – South spokesman.

The Kandahar PRT consists of Canadian Forces members, a civilian police contingent led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Correctional Services Canada, representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the CIDA.

“The Kandahar PRT conducts coordinated interdepartmental operations to promote good governance, assists the Government of Afghanistan in extending its authority in the province of Kandahar, and facilitates the development of a stable, secure and self-sustaining environment for the people of Afghanistan,” said Squadron Leader Marsh.

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