Target: World Health Organization Officials in Pakistan
Goal: Applaud the efforts of the health officials working to eradicate polio in Pakistan
In the summer of 2012, the Taliban set a ban on polio vaccinations, saying they would lift the ban if the U.S. stopped sending drone strikes. This ban has led to an immense spike in the number of polio cases in Pakistan.
The government’s action against the ban set by the Taliban has caused nearly half a million refugees from the heavily afflicted North Waziristan to flee to neighboring areas, which has elevated the polio epidemic by broadening the scope of the disease. On the other hand, the fleeing of the refugees out of the Taliban’s territory has allowed for these individuals to gain access to polio vaccinations.
Numerous polio vaccination campaigns have been set in place. Checkpoints have been set at county borders in order to vaccinate the refugees as they are crossing into other territories. These drop-form vaccines are easily and quickly administered to these patients. Blanket-campaigns, which involve health officials going door-to-door in administering vaccinations, are also being conducted on several rounds, due to the polio vaccination requiring multiple rounds of vaccine doses.
Polio is a life-threatening disease, affecting mainly kids under the age of five years old. Although this disease has been eradicated from most areas of the world, some areas are still affected; Pakistan is one of three countries in the world in which polio is still an imminent danger. Notably, the North Waziristan area of Pakistan is reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to have nearly half of the polio cases in the world. Please sign the petition below to applaud the valiant efforts of the WHO officials in Pakistan who are providing polio vaccinations to the people in Pakistan.
Dear WHO Officials in Pakistan,
Thank you very much for investing your time and efforts into providing polio vaccinations to individuals in the high-risk areas of Pakistan. Polio is a serious life-threatening disease, and these at-risk individuals need all the medical attention they can receive in order to avoid contracting this disease. Especially with the threat that these individuals face from the Taliban’s ban of receiving these vaccines, providing adequate polio vaccines is vital.
I look forward to reading about the improved living conditions of those who are affected by the polio epidemic in Pakistan. Please keep up the great work you are contributing to the community.
[Your Name Here]
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