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New York polio case stirs fear, vaccine push

When Brittany Strickland heard that the United States recorded its first polio case in almost a decade, she was “deathly scared” — the 33-year-old wasn’t vaccinated against the disabling disease.…

Sustaining the polio gains

The ‘carpe diem’ for Pakistan in its long battle of polio eradication is insight; coming from a heavy toll of 147 wild polio cases in 2019 and 84 the previous…

Lessons from polio (Part – II)

Community engagement: The polio programme integrated communications and community engagement within its overall operations, enabling it to achieve the highest polio vaccination acceptance rates in the world. Localizing communication messages…

Lessons from polio (Part – 1)

Pakistan is no stranger to fighting battles against health emergencies; it has danced an arduous and painfully slow dance with the menace of polio. And now it finds itself, like…

Towards a polio-free Pakistan

The year 2020 has (finally) come to an end. The year will be remembered for the challenges it brought to global public health, and to our lives. Like other nations…

The polio battle

After 54 cases of the Wild Polio Virus 1 (WPV1) in 2015, the number of polio cases had started declining in Pakistan – thanks to the efforts of the National…

Our Polio Failure

Our polio failure

The continued transmission of the poliovirus in Pakistan has become a major public health problem, as it is one of only few remaining polio-endemic countries in the world along with…

Towards A Polio-free Pakistan

Towards a polio-free Pakistan

The development of the first vaccine in the 1790s drastically changed preventive health. Achieving wide immunity (herd immunity) could potentially mean complete eradication of a communicable disease. Smallpox became the…

Polio, Population And Progress

Polio, population and progress

“In the early twenty-first century the train of progress is again pulling out of the station – and this will probably be the last train ever to leave the station…