A woman in Islamabad, Pakistan, takes her child to a health worker to be vaccinated against polio. More than a dozen polio vaccine workers have been killed by militants in the past year in the country. They claim the workers are spies and the vaccination is intended to make Muslim children sterile.
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
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Pakistani health worker Salma Saleem, right, marks the finger of a child after giving him a polio vaccine in a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan on April 15 2013. In December, gunmen killed nine polio workers in different parts of Pakistan. Several more workers have been killed since then, as well as policemen who were protecting them. The UN said last month that some 240,000 children missed vaccinations since July in parts of Pakistan’s tribal region, the main sanctuary for Islamic militants, because of security concerns.