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On the front lines against polio: Afghanistan Child Alert

From: UNICEF
Length: 05:09

This Story is Free! Martin Bell, former BBC Correspondent reports on UNICEF's work in Afghanistan and the plight of children in this war torn area. this story focuses on polio immunizations Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-2 At Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, all children under five are immunized against polio by an Afghan team on one side of the border working in tandem with a Pakistani team on the other. The crossing is open for 12 hours a day. About 8,000 people use it every day, and 800 of the youngest children receive the vaccine. Dr. Arshad Qudous of the World Health Organization believes that a victory over polio in Afghanistan is possible, by 2008. "It will be a historic victory and it will be a moment of pride for Afghanistan," he says.

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At Spin Boldak in Kandahar province, all children under five are immunized against polio by an Afghan team on one side of the border working in tandem with a Pakistani team on the other. The crossing is open for 12 hours a day. About 8,000 people use it every day, and 800 of the youngest children receive the vaccine. Dr. Arshad Qudous of the World Health Organization believes that a victory over polio in Afghanistan is possible, by 2008. "It will be a historic victory and it will be a moment of pride for Afghanistan," he says.

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