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IRIN Examines Lower Profile Of Pakistan’s Polio Immunization Campaigns

“Attacks on vaccination teams, militant threats and the abduction of teachers facilitating [a polio immunization] campaign in November 2013 have handicapped efforts and led to a new strategy” for conducting vaccinations in Pakistan, IRIN reports. “It means an end to the kind of campaigns seen in the past, often headed by high-profile national celebrities such as cricketer Shahid Afridi. … The ‘new look’ vaccination campaigns will be far more low-key,” the news service writes. “The change of direction in anti-polio campaigns is not only about security — some health officials were also concerned that the national drives were losing their impact,” IRIN notes (12/4).