Pakistan Must Reexamine Polio Eradication Program To Improve Effectiveness

Al Jazeera: Pakistan’s polio puzzle
Samia Altaf, public health physician and the 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center

“…If increasing amounts of funding, steadily developing science and modified organizational plans have consistently failed, the only logical step is an analysis of the context. … The best place to look is in the design and implementation strategy of the polio-eradication programs to which all the funding, technology and organization have been applied. Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme was designed three decades ago and has not changed since. … Without this understanding reflected in a subsequent contextual, program design and implementation strategy, future vaccination efforts, even if generously backed by public and private donors, are likely to meet the same fate as the previous ones” (5/23).