Women Polio Vaccinators In Pakistan Face Violence, Threats; Save The Children Warns Of Uptick In Polio Cases In S. Sudan; Taliban Prevents Polio Vaccinations Of 40K Children

The Guardian: The women who risk their lives to deliver Pakistan’s polio vaccines
“…The polio workers, men and women, go house-to-house administering polio drops to children. But for the female workers, to do their job is to put their lives at risk on a daily basis. The threats and fatalities are a direct result of a rampant anti-vaccination campaign led by hardline religious leaders and politicians in this highly conservative area. They have pushed the narrative that the polio vaccination drive is a western conspiracy being forced on Pakistan, and is violating Islam by allowing women to work as polio vaccinators…” (Ellis-Petersen/Baloch, 11/3).

Xinhua: Global charity decries polio spike among children in South Sudan
“International charity, Save the Children, on Monday expressed concern about a spike in polio cases among children in South Sudan as new cases put lives at further risk. The charity said South Sudan has recorded nine new cases of polio just three months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Africa free of the wild poliovirus…” (11/3).

Xinhua: 40,000 children deprived of polio vaccine in N. Afghanistan
“A total of 40,000 children have been deprived of anti-polio vaccination due to the restriction imposed by the Taliban group in the northern Badakhshan province, Provincial Public Health Director Noor Khawari said Monday…” (11/2).

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