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Statement by Jean Gough, UNICEF's South Asia Regional Director, denouncing attack on polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan

KATHMANDU - 19 January 2018:  “UNICEF joins the Government of Pakistan in its condemnation of the killing of two polio vaccinators in Balochistan earlier this week."

“The mother and daughter who were killed were at the forefront of this extremely important fight to combat polio in Pakistan. Such attacks on health workers can hamper the important work to eradicate the disease and ensure that Pakistani children are no longer at risk of lifelong disability.”

“UNICEF expresses its deepest sympathy with the family of the two killed health workers who have worked to protect children and keep them healthy.”

“We remain committed in our support to the Government and the people of Pakistan in their determination to save the new generations from this terrible disease.”


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.For more information on UNICEF's polio work in South Asia, visit

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For more information, please contact:
  • Paul Rutter, Regional Adviser Maternal & Child Health, UNICEF South Asia, +977 9801096877,  
  • Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, +19174761537,



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