May 27, 2014

Working towards a polio-free Pakistan

Even with international efforts to promote polio immunisation, virus makes a comeback in the country.

What’s standing in the way of eradicating polio in Pakistan? Despite one of the largest global eradication efforts, polio infections there have grown sharply, particularly in country’s northwest. Health workers attribute the rise to fears that the polio vaccine is linked to US spying and conspiracy against Muslims. We'll also examine the threat of violence faced by Pakistan’s polio immunisation workers. Join the conversation at 1930GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Benazir Shah @Benazir_Shah
Senior reporter, Newsweek

Zubair Mufti  @zubairwho
Pakistan National Coordinator, World Heath Organisation  (WHO)

Altaf Bosan
National Coordinator, Prime Minister's Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell

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