A soldier guards polio vaccination team administering polio vaccination to children during a three-day countrywide vaccination campaign in Peshawar, Pakistan. Though new polio cases dropped to a nine-year low in 2016, attacks by Islamist militants against health workers and police guarding them remained a challenge for a UN-funded vaccination campaign. Photo Arshad Arbab/EPA
A Kenyan nurse shouts slogans in a march outside the Ministry of Health headquarters during their strike following the failed negotiations between health unions and government on wage increases and improvement of working conditions in Nairobi, Kenya Photo Thomas Mukoya/Reuters
Health personnel measures a child as part of a program for malnourished children sponsored by the World Food Program at a Health Center in Mavivi, Beni territory, Eastern D.R.Congo. Photo Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty
An Afghan girl looks on as a health worker administers polio vaccine drops to others during a vaccination campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad. Polio, once a worldwide scourge, is endemic in just three countries now – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Photo Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty
Larry Smart, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, uses a fogger to spray pesticide to kill mosquitos in the Wynwood neighbourhood as the county fights to control the Zika virus outbreak in Miami, Florida
A Pakistani health worker administers polio drops to a young girl during a polio vaccination campaign in Karachi on Monday
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Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on Monday in Beijing, China. China’s capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants
A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. Pakistan still accounts for the majority of polio cases globally
A Kashmiri government health department employee takes part in an anti-government protest in Srinagar. Government employees were detained as they tried to take part in a protest calling for the regularisation of contractual employment status
A health worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child on the second day of a national campaign in Afghanistan on Monday. Nearly nine million children in the country are being immunised during the three-day programme.
A girl receives polio vaccination during an anti-polio campaign on the outskirts of Jalalabad on Monday
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A woman wearing a face mask exercises with others at a park in Beijing, China. Just over half of people between the ages of 20 and 39 do not exercise regularly, making them the country’s “least active” adults.
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The Sealife London Aquarium have conducted their week long annual health check of all 6,600 animals in their care. Aquarists at The Sealife London Aquarium measure the 1.2m long shell of Phoenix, one of the enormous 130kg rare green sea turtles.
Health workers from different states attend a function in New Delhi, India, to celebrate three years since India was declared polio free
Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In rural areas women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
Participants play in a swimming pool filled with pink and green plastic balls during a Guinness World Records attempt of the Largest Ball Pit as part of the Pink October campaign at Kerry Hotel in Pudong, Shanghai. The event, aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer prevention, set the world record with 1m balls in the 25-metre-long and 12.6-metre-wide swimming pool, according to local media.
A health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child in Herat, Afghanistan, at the start of a three-day nationwide immunisation campaign against polio, supported by the country’s Ministry of Public Health
Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens.
A leprosy patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British circa 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago. Most of them with unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation
A Pakistani boy suffering from Measles lies asleep after getting vaccinated at a medical camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Friday. Pakistani health authorities were scrambling to vaccinate thousands of children across the country after a measles outbreak. Measles was suspected to be the main cause for dozens of deaths last year in Sindh.