Child Alert - Afghanistan - Martin Bell Reports on Children Caught in War UNICEF

UNICEF photo: Immunization drive, Kandahar Province.

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Immunization drive, Kandahar Province.

At war, against polio
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While progress in maternal health is agonizingly slow, the new Afghanistan can be proud of its efforts to stamp out communicable diseases. Indeed, its polio campaign is nothing short of heroic, and it is setting an example to the world of what can be achieved under even the most dire circumstances. At Spin Boldak on the Pakistani-Afghan border, 800 children under five are immunized against polio every day. If Afghans can achieve the apparently impossible and eradicate polio from their country in a time of war, then what could they accomplish in a time of peace?