Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust

An article from The New York Times
July 21, 2013
Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People's Mistrust

 

July 21, 2013--This New York Times piece explores the social challenges facing Pakistan's polio eradication program. Thanks to the fake vaccination campaign staged by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, many Pakistanis have come to view the polio immunization program with increasing mistrust, as a "Western plot." Yet India's success in stopping the transmission of polio generated urgency within Pakistan to also successfully stop polio transmission. As reported in the article, "“Nothing wounded our pride as much as that,” said Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, a vaccine expert at Aga Khan University’s medical school." The Peshawar slum, Shaheen Muslim Town No. 1, a hotbed of polio transmission is profiled.

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