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Polio Advocacy Campaign

Polio has been paralyzing children across the globe for too long. The development of modern vaccine technology has helped us slice that number by 99%, but that last 1% still remains. With Pakistan being one of the last three countries with endemic Polio, and at the risk of being the only reservoir, BioReach Society at ASAB has taken an initiative to help eradicate polio from Pakistan with the formation of its Polio Advocacy Campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to empower the public with knowledge about the disease and efforts being made to wipe it off the face of the Earth. Keeping in line with this agenda, on May 24, Ms. Saria Younas from the World Health Organization was invited to shed some light on the current state of Polio in Pakistan. Ms. Younas is currently the Federal Campaign Support Officer for the Polio Eradication Initiative at WHO.

With the number of cases half of what they were last year, the eradication efforts seem to be going in the right direction. Various socio-political elements have however marred the effectiveness of immunization campaigns in parts of KPK and Balochistan. In the comments made by Ms. Younas at the event, she sounded hopeful regarding the progress being made by immunization teams. The event ended with her commending the effort and inviting the students of ASAB to act as third party observers for the Polio immunization drives, in order to expose the team to the elements of active campaigning.