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Polio in Pakistan

A volunteer admininsters a vaccine during a national polio campaign in Islamabad on February 1st, 2012. The largest international coordination in peacetime is being undertaken by 20 million volunteers to eradicate polio, a disease that attacks nerves and can lead to paralysis and death. Once thought to be eliminated, polio has made a resurgence in recent years in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. A new vaccine was developed and introduced in 2009 which is twice as effective in treating the two remaining strains of the disease. Pakistan has reported the highest number of polio cases in recent times with over 173 cases registered in 2011. With the aid of national governments and organisations such as Rotary, the Gates Foundation and United Nations bodies including World Health Program and UNICEF, Pakistan and the world will potentially be rid of polio in the coming decade.

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A volunteer admininsters a vaccine during a  national polio campaign in Islamabad on February 1st, 2012. The largest international coordination in peacetime is being undertaken by 20 million volunteers to eradicate polio, a disease that attacks nerves and can lead to paralysis and death. Once thought to be eliminated, polio has made a resurgence in recent years in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. A new vaccine was developed and introduced in 2009 which is twice as effective in treating the two remaining strains of the disease. Pakistan has reported the highest number of polio cases in recent times with over 173 cases registered in 2011. With the aid of national governments and organisations such as Rotary, the Gates Foundation and United Nations bodies including World Health Program and UNICEF, Pakistan and the world will potentially be rid of polio in the coming decade.