Polio's last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame'

Polio's last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan's 'badge of shame'

Health experts aim for zero transmission by targetting children at bus stations and border crossings with vaccinations

At a busy toll plaza in Kohat, Pakistan, a three-member vaccination team is working fast. Flanked by armed military personnel, the vaccinators approach a white van as it pulls away from the scattered stream of traffic, cars rattling east toward Islamabad and west to the nearby border with Afghanistan.

One worker leans toward the driver to ask a question as another reaches into a cooler to prepare the vaccine. Among the crush of passengers in the van, they identify one child who has not yet been vaccinated.

No child in the future will be crippled by this disease

“An enormous exodus of people was unfortunate .. but it gave us the opportunity to reach 265,000 kids”

What we’ve seen is our female vaccinators are driving every single operational gain that is being made

Related: Suspicion slows dangerous work to eradicate polio in Pakistan

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