Polio Eradication Initiative

Polio eradication challenges in Pakistan

Parents and health care workers are caught in the cross-hairs of violence and politics as they attempt to protect their children from polio in Pakistan. Once on the brink of eradication, the disease has again become a global threat, with Pakistan at its epicentre. Will these everyday heroes succeed and end polio in our lifetime, or will another young generation be at risk?

In a new documentary from Image Nation called "Every last child", Dr Elias Durry, head of the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan, shares the challenges and threats faced by the programme every day. He is determined that the struggle to make the country polio-free will continue despite all these as the job has yet to be done. Dr Durry is one of the people interviewed in this moving and inspiring film who share their everyday struggles and experiences in the fight against polio.


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Indicators and information

Wild polio cases by country in the Region for 2014–2015




Afghanistan 28 28
Iraq 2 2
Pakistan 306 306
Somalia 5 5
Syria 1 1
Total 2014 342 342
2015 (up to week 12 ending 22 March 2015)
Afghanistan 1 1
Pakistan 20 20

Total 2015



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