Women in Health
Female Vaccination Workers, Essential in Pakistan, Become Prey
This past week, female polio vaccinators in Pakistan became targets of Pakistani militant groups. Pakistan remains one of the three countries in the world where polio is endemic, with 198 new infections last year — the highest rate in the world. Female health workers are a crucial part of Pakistan's polio eradication program, allowed into private homes, something denied to men, because of conservative rural culture. These recent attacks on female health workers, so soon after the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl advocate for education, have been seen as yet another way for Pakistan’s conservative militant groups to silence women.
December 20, 2012 2:53 PM