Meanwhile, the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme continues to vaccinate children who are travelling or on the move through 500 permanent transit points (PTPs) across all major transit points nationwide. These PTPs are set up along country and district borders and other important transit points such as railway stations, bus stops, and highways. In 2018, PTPs have vaccinated a total of 1.7 million children. The use of PTPs across Pakistan is pivotal to guaranteeing that every child receives vaccination against the poliovirus.
Given the frequent population movements between Pakistan and Afghanistan’s shared borders and epidemiological block, the programme is also focused on fully synchronizing and coordinating its operations with the Afghan Polio Eradication Programme. This includes synchronization of immunization activities, detailed analysis and data sharing on key population movements, implementation of jointly developed plans, as well as cross border communication activities.
The NEAP also includes a Communication for Eradication Strategy that focuses on contextualizing the programme’s communication approaches according to the needs of communities. In addition, this strategy incorporates the strategic use of media, social media and advocacy measures to build community trust and acceptance needed to eradicate polio from communities. The programme also continues to use a network of community based vaccinators (CBVs), local influencers, religious leaders, health care providers, and tribal elders to boost trust and acceptability in the programme and answer common questions, concerns and misconceptions.