Cablegate: New Zealand Response On Polio Eradication Request

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E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 208754

1. Post delivered reftel demarche to the America's Division
of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Dr.
Douglas Lush, Acting Director of the Communicable Diseases
Unit in the Ministry of Health; and to Vicki Poole, Global
Group Program Manager at the NZ Agency for International
Development (NZAID.)

2. On behalf of these agencies, Poole responded in writing to
Post that New Zealand could not provide additional funding
for this initiative, as NZAID's budget is committed for this
financial year. Poole reminded post of New Zealand's past
donations of NZ$1.6 million (US1.1 million) in 2003 to the
Initiative through the WHO, UNICEF and New Zealand Rotary
International, and NZ$200,000 (US140,000) in 2004, also to
New Zealand Rotary International. She added that the Polio
Initiative will be considered seriously in future funding
rounds, as immunization is a key component of NZAID's
development strategy. However, she also noted that NZAID's
priority focus remains the Pacific, and the entire Africa
program budget is less than NZ$1 million (US700,000) per
year. Poole's response has been faxed to EAP/ANP.

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