Afghanistan


Polio vaccination, again?

Mansour, Shah Maqsoud and Nadia work as a polio vaccinator team in Kabul. Photo: WHO/Tuuli Hongisto  Mansour, Shah Maqsoud and Nadia work as a polio vaccinator team in Kabul. Photo: WHO/Tuuli Hongisto

In Afghanistan, frontline health workers explain to parents why the polio vaccine must be delivered multiple times

Kabul 15 February 2018 – “It’s easy for the boys. They are young and strong,” laughs Nadia. She has just climbed hundreds of steps to the top of a long and steep staircase on the side of one of Kabul’s many hills. Together with her colleagues Mansour and Shah Maqsoud she works as a part of a polio vaccination team, who walk from house to house vaccinating children.

Today, the team started at 8 am, and they have been walking up and down the hill for 3 hours already. No wonder she is tired.

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6.1 million children in the high risk areas of the country need to receive their second dose of polio vaccine in less than two weeks

Press Release

Kabul, February 12, 2018

Today marks the first day in a polio vaccination campaign that will be carried out in the provinces of which are deemed to be at particularly high risk for children.

About 6.1 children in 23 provinces will be vaccinated. The timing of the campaign, which follows a round that ended two weeks ago, is planned to use the low transmission season to build up the immunity of children at risk.

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