AFP: Two-year-old Farid should have been vaccinated against polio, but his family — like many in rural Afghanistan — believed the conspiracy theories and refused to have him inoculated. Militants and religious leaders tell the community that vaccines are a Western conspiracy aiming to sterilise Muslim children, or that such programmes are an elaborate cover for
Mohammad Habibzada VOA News | April 18, 2019 Some information in this report came from Reuters. More than 1 million Afghan children, particularly in conflict-stricken regions of the country, were deprived of polio vaccinations in 2018 because of actions taken by Taliban and Islamic State militants, Afghanistan health officials tell VOA. “Overall, 1.2 million children
Ariana: Zabihullah Mujahid the Taliban spokesman said in a statement on Thursday that the group can’t guarantee the safety of these organizations across the country. The group further accuses both organizations for violation of the agreement and “suspicious movements during vaccination campaign”. Click here to read more (external link).
Khushal Zaland VOA News September 30, 2018 Afghan provincial health officials are accusing the country’s insurgents of interfering in their work to vaccinate children against the virus of polio in the country’s western Farah province. Abdul Jabar Shayeq, head of Farhah’s provincial health department, voiced concerns that Taliban are obstructing the vaccination efforts in certain
Tolo News: Afghanistan is expected to launch a nationwide measles vaccination campaign on Saturday, officials from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Thursday. Statistics show that over the past six months, 58 children died of measles across the country while 68 died last year. Click here to read more (external link).
IANS: During the campaign, which is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), vitamin A capsules will also be given to over 8.9 million children aged between six months and five years, Xinhua news agency reported. The drive was launched after a fresh polio case was detected in Afghanistan in
Carol Pearson VOA News July 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — The move to end polio started in 1985 with Rotary International. At that time, polio paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children every year. There is still no cure, but two scientists developed vaccines against the virus in the 1950’s. Dr. Jonas Salk produced one with an inactivated
Tolo News: An estimated 160,000 to 200,000 children under one year of age in Afghanistan − one in three – received zero vaccinations last year. These gaps in routine immunization coverage not only put the lives of under-vaccinated children at risk but also everyone around them. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 7, 2016 Afghan officials say three health workers involved in vaccinating Afghan children against polio have been killed in the eastern Kunar Province. Local government spokesman Abdul Ghani Musamim said on February 7 the bodies of the health workers were found in Kunar’s Ghaziabad district late on February 6, almost