Afghanistan-Pakistan: cross border polio campaign targets 40 million children

by IRIN

A father along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan waits to have his son vaccinated against polio. The virus remains endemic in both countries. Photo: Nima Abid/WHO

The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan – in collaboration with their partners at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – have launched parallel campaigns aimed at vaccinating over 40 million children in both countries against polio.