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Polio True Stories

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Objective
Polio True Stories is a thirteen part series developed for broadcast television, with each episode telling a personal story of what is it like, to really live with polio. Each episode, having duration of four and a half minutes, shows a gripping example of how polio can change lives, highlighting the need to finally eradicate this disease from Pakistan. By bringing home to viewers exactly what living with polio means, emphasizes the fact that polio is not a thing of the past, and children today, are still being crippled because of this. Interviews for this series conducted to date include some of the most recent polio cases as well as interviews with elder polio victims. 

Success so far
Twelve of the thirteen Polio True Stories have been broadcasted to date on national and regional TV channels, and the feedback received so far has been very positive. The placement for each episode is during primetime slots, just before and after the news on various channels and between key programming. Stories already broadcasted have been successfully adapted for the print media. Copies have been shared with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, so that other endemic countries such as India, Afghanistan and Nigeria may produce a similar series. It was a strong recommendation from the WHO Global Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication to continue with such programming.

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Technically sound stories
Each polio true story has a very strong technical background, endorsing key messages which are part of the Polio and EPI Communications Strategy. For example, episodes broadcasted so far have focused on the importance of complete routine immunization, immunizing sleeping and sick children, the importance of every child every time, mother-to-mother vaccination in multi-family dwellings and the important role of religious leaders.

Click the links below to read polio true stories:

Nazia and her brother are twins. He can walk, she can't
Nazia and her brother are twins. Born in Karachi Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, both children have always been similar, growing up together, playing, laughing and crying together—until the day Nazia was diagnosed with polio.

Mahnaz is dertermined to succeed
Having completed her Bachelor Degree from Karachi recently, Mehnaz is determined to succeed. Given her lifelong passion for academics, her mother ensured that Mehnaz went to school to secure a good education.

Kamran, loves cricket but can't play
Kamran Khan was year and a half when was diagnosed with polio. Initially, when he was very young, he didn’t understand why he couldn’t play like other children, but as he grew older, he began to understand what it meant to have polio.

Hamid, banker from Lahore
Hamid was born a healthy child in Pakistan’s Punjab province, but at 11 months of age, he contracted polio. With the extent of his disability being so severe, Hamid could never walk or play like other children.

Asma, two and a half year old polio victim
Born on the 14 August 2004 in Peshawar, Asma was a healthy child, until at the young age of nine months, when she was diagnosed with polio. Being the only child of her parents, she is loved very much by all, especially her uncle and his children.

 

 

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