Jun 22, 2012

UNICEF: 2.7 million kids have never received polio vaccine

About 2.7 million children in six countries have never received a single polio vaccine dose, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported yesterday. 


"This is a clarion call to accelerate all efforts to reach these unreached children," UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in an agency press release. The report singled out the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, and northwest Pakistan as areas of ongoing internal conflict that are of particular concern. Lake added, "The polio campaign is dangerously under-funded. But we are on the 
verge of victory."
Jun 20 UNICEF press release

In one of those conflict-torn areas, Pakistani officials said they will try to persuade militants in a northwestern tribal area to lift a ban on polio vaccination launched to protest US drone strikes, Agence France-Press (AFP) reported today. Local warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadu several days ago banned vaccination teams in North Waziristan, a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold area bordering Afghanistan. A senior government official said authorities have asked the provincial governor to open a dialogue with the militants. He said the government was concerned about more than 161,000 unvaccinated children in the region and about the safety of vaccination teams.
Jun 21 AFP story


Finally, today the WHO European Region, which includes parts of Asia, celebrated 10 years of being declared polio-free. Despite challenges, such as a 2010 outbreak of polio imported into Tajikistan and three adjoining nations that was quickly addressed, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said in a press release, "We have had many successes in the past 10 years, and we should recognize and applaud them."
Jun 21 WHO news release

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Jun 17, 2012

Taliban ban anti-polio drive in Pakistan tribal area

Pakistani militants in a Taliban and Al-Qaeda infested tribal region Saturday banned anti-polio vaccination teams, to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing civilians.

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    A Pakistani child receives anti-polio vaccine drops in 2004. Pakistani militants in a Taliban and Al-Qaeda infested tribal region Saturday banned anti-polio vaccination teams, to protest US drone strikes saying the attacks were killing civilians
"Anti-polio vaccination teams will not be allowed to administer polio drops among children in North Waziristan," local warlord Gul Bahadur said in a statement.
Bahadur, who is allied with Afghan Taliban fighting US-led troops across the border, said the ban will remain effective until the US stops drone attacks in the tribal region.
"On the one hand they are killing innocent women, children and old people in drone attacks and on the other they are spending millions on vaccination campaign," the statement distributed in the region's main town Miranshah said.
It said "the day and night US drone flights in Waziristan are causing mental illness in the local population which is more dangerous than polio."
Residents said people would respond to the call as Bahadur commands influence in the region.
Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, known as a hotbed of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, is witnessing increasing drone strikes amid a stalemate in US-Pakistan talks to end a blockade on NATO supplies crossing into Afghanistan.
Pakistan shut NATO supply lines in anger over US air strikes on a border post on November 26 that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
The statement, citing the case of Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi jailed for helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden, also slammed the immunisation campaign saying that it may be used for espionage purposes.
Afridi was arrested after US troops killed bin Laden in May 2011 in the northwestern town of Abbottabad where he set up a fake vaccination programme in the hope of obtaining DNA samples to identify the Al-Qaeda leader.
He was sentenced to 33 years in jail on May 23.
Pakistani authorities whipped up anti-American sentiment after the bin Laden raid calling the drone strikes a violation of national sovereignty.
But US officials consider the attacks a vital weapon in the war against Islamist extremists, despite concerns from rights activists over civilian casualties.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recently called for a UN investigation into US drone strikes in Pakistan, questioning their legality and saying they kill innocent civilians.

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