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08.23.2021

Shot@Life Statement on Afghanistan

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Photo: UNICEF Afghanistan

Shot@Life is monitoring the evolving landscape of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan. We’re deeply concerned by the imminent threats to essential health services and are collaborating closely with our UN partners to safeguard the health and human rights of both vulnerable Afghan children and frontline health workers — many of whom are women.

 Afghanistan is one of the last frontiers for polio eradication, a landmark feat that when achieved, would make it only the second disease to be eradicated worldwide. While the polio program has sustained operations for decades amidst insecurity and conflict, Shot@Life is renewing our advocacy to ensure that all populations are shielded from disease outbreaks and have continued access to lifesaving immunizations and quality healthcare.

 

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