Pakistan's progress: Snapshots from the polio campaign
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian
Nearly 90 percent of the world’s polio cases last year occurred in Pakistan. But the country is making dramatic progress in its quest to eradicate the disease: Cases are down by almost 70 percent to date compared with 2014, owing partly to military interventions that year in Taliban-controlled North Waziristan, which have allowed vaccinators to reach hundreds of thousands of children who were previously inaccessible. Improved government leadership, the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in high-risk districts, and vaccinations at transit points such as railways, airports, and bus stops also have played a significant role. “While Pakistan continues to face obstacles in its journey to polio eradication, we are excited about the current progress being made,” says Mike McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee, who met with Rotarians and government officials during a visit to the country in June.