In September 2012, the Director General of the Science and Technology Department, Dr. Razley Mohd Nurdin and Ms. Amierah Ismail of the Permanent Observer Mission of the OIC to the United Nations visited the U.S. Department of State in order to further the OIC-US Engagement on Maternal and Child Health and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The OIC Delegation met with representatives from the United States Department of State, USAID, Health and Human Services and representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Dr. Razley participated in The OIC-United States Government Task Force on Maternal and Newborn Health.
During the visit to the United States Department of State, Dr. Razley discussed the long running relationship between the OIC and the United States Government in terms of bringing vaccines and ensuring mother and child health care in OIC States, particularly in Africa. He was pleased that the two projects the OIC executes in Mali and Niger have brought about success in providing resources to increase maternal and child health care. The OIC and US delegations discussed further areas of cooperation including public health advocacy in OIC countries, encouraging mothers to vaccinate their children and working with local leaders to enhance public health opportunities.
While visiting the CDC, Dr. Razley discussed with leading scientists and doctors ways to bring about an end to polio, and was pleased to discuss the recent successes in this regard. For example, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has partnered with the Islamic Development Bank and the United Nations to provide funding to end polio.
Dr. Razley also discussed the importance of advancing the relationship of the OIC with the CDC to the next level in order to for once and for all eradicate polio for the remaining three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.) To this end, the OIC discussed the importance of reaching out to communities to educate them on vaccines and working with local and religious leaders to assist with this idea.