Simple phones help volunteers stamp out polio

Shazia Shakeel knocks on a door in the Sattar Khan Colony of Nowshera. Three Afghan children live in the home next to the broad Kabul River in this part of northern Pakistan. Teams team is a group of people or other animals linked in a common purpose have stopped here many times before, but they were never able to inoculate the children against polio.

This time, Shakeel and the rest of her team won’t leave until she can place drops of the oral vaccine into each child’s mouth. She then draws a mark on the children’s fingers so other health workers can verify the vaccinations a few days later.

Shakeel PP (born Yousuf Kamal; 29 May 1938), is a Pakistani actor best known for his roles in Uncle Urfi and Mehboob Ahmed in Aangan Terha next whips out an old cell phone to send a text to a global database used to coordinate efforts may refer to: Effort, Pennsylvania, a CDP in Monroe County, Pennsylvania Effortfulness, the subjective experience of exertion when performing an activity to eradicate the crippling virus virus is a small infectious agent that replicates only inside the living cells of other organisms.

“We were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures (Old English: were, German: Wehr, Dutch: weer, facing many issues in terms of both routine immunization and polio vaccinations,” Shakeel says through an interpreter. The cell phones now “make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small our work easy as we [can] immediately report missed and refusal cases.”

Shakeel is one of more than 100,000 Lady Health Workers workforce or labour force (also labor force in the United States) is the labour pool in employment in Pakistan who have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary been providing basic medical care door-to-door since 1994. Today, these women are on the front lines fighting to eradicate polio from one of the last remaining spots in the wild. If all goes according to plan, the polio virus could be wiped out as soon as this year. If those efforts fail, some experts predict polio could surge to as many may refer to: plural A quantifier that can be used with count nouns – often preceded by “as” or “too” or “so” or “that”; amounting to a large but indefinite number; “many temptations”; “a good as 200,000 new cases annually.

“For me, every single child a child (plural: children) is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty that gets paralyzed unnecessarily is a disaster,” says Dr. Roland Sutter, who coordinates the World Health is the level of functional and metabolic efficiency of a living organism Organization’s polio research, policy and product development.

Terror campaign


A baby infant (from the Latin word infans, meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”) is the more formal or specialised synonym for baby, the very young offspring of a human or other animal gets a drop of oral polio vaccine from a house-to-house vaccination team.

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You can be forgiven for thinking the world world is a common name for the whole of human civilization, or for the planet Earth and all life upon it. In terms such as world map and world climate, world is used in the sense detached from had already won the war against polio. Thanks to a massive vaccination campaign that stretched from the early 1950s through the ’70s, the highly contagious virus had vanished from the US by 1979. In the rest of the world, though, polio was still paralyzing 350,000 people a year.

Immunization efforts ramped up in 1988, when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse the World Health Assembly formed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Fewer than 100 cases worldwide were reported last last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot year. Today, polio is found only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where about a dozen cases popped up in the first quarter of the year.

Polio has been tough to eradicate in those two countries. For one thing, the virus likes their hot climate, densely populated areas is the quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional figure or shape, or planar lamina, in the plane and poor sanitation. And then there’s the violence.

“We have deep sensitivity about the polio often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus vaccination is the administration of antigenic material (a vaccine) to stimulate an individual’s immune system to develop adaptive immunity to a pathogen,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told The Associated Press in 2014. “We still have strong suspicions that the vaccination campaign may refer to: Advertising campaign Civil society campaign Military campaign Political campaign Advocacy or Advocacy group, relating ‘campaigning’ on an issue (British English) could be used again and again to spy on Muslims.”

“For me, every single child that gets paralyzed unnecessarily is a disaster disaster is a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the.”

Dr. Roland Sutter

Four years year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun ago, the Taliban banned polio vaccination campaigns in Pakistan’s Waziristan region and started killing polio workers. The Taliban Taliban (Pashto: طالبان‎ ṭālibān “students”), alternatively spelled Taleban, is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan currently waging war (an insurgency, or jihad) within in January took credit for a suicide bombing that killed 14 people people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation in a polio vaccination center or centre may refer to in Quetta. And in April, the Pakistani Taliban gunned down seven Karachi police officers escorting a team of polio workers. (This attack temporarily halted the door-to-door campaign while I was writing this story.)

“Vaccination teams can’t operate safely in some areas,” says Oliver Rosenbauer, press officer for the WHO global polio eradication department. “There are still still is an apparatus used to distill liquid mixtures by heating to selectively boil and then cooling to condense the vapor some vaccination coverage gaps in some areas that are…imperiling the whole effort.”

Filling the gaps or The Gap may refer to

One of the biggest reasons for those gaps is not knowing where may refer to: Where?, in journalism, one of the Five Ws Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of they are.

That’s why Lady word lady is a civil term of respect for a woman, specifically the female equivalent to gentleman or lord, and in many contexts a term for any adult woman Health Workers track which Pakistani are the people who are citizens of the modern Islamic Republic of Pakistan children have been vaccinated, who’s missing and who has refused. Until recently, the women woman is a female human; that is, of the species Homo sapiens manually recorded those stats. Trying to make sense of the data was nearly impossible.

“Even if they were keeping records, we couldn’t find them,” says Asher Ali, project manager for Rotary may refer to International mostly means something (a company, language, or organization) involving more than a single country‘s polio phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly monitoring project contemporary business and science, a project is an individual or collaborative enterprise, possibly involving research or design, that is carefully planned, usually by the project assigned team, to in Pakistan.

To help, Rotary International handed out basic cell phones to thousands of Lady Health Workers. Now when one of the women visits a home, she sends a shorthand text message with information that’s routed to a server. The server puts the data is, from its Latin origin, a singular form of “data”, and may refer to a single item of data in a spreadsheet so that all of the information can be viewed on a computer. When a health worker sees a possible polio case or CASE may refer to, she can immediately alert the broader team.

“All that’s required is a simple, cheap cell may refer to phone,” says Ali.

The result is a more reliable view of what needs need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life to be done.



Lady Health Workers learn how to use their phones to record health data and log daily reports.

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Data crunch

It turns out there’s no “one size fits all” approach to eradicating polio.

Neighborhoods neighbourhood (Commonwealth English), or neighborhood (American English), is a geographically localized community within a larger city, town, suburb or rural area have all sorts of different reasons for not vaccinating kids Kids, KIDS, and K.I.D.S. may refer to, ranging from security concerns to community resistance and poor planning. And the virus itself can show up as different strains across regions.

That’s why workers create detailed plans plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective documenting neighborhoods’ streets, homes home or domicile is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe, number of children living in each house — and whether the families are migrants and are therefore likely to move. They then figure out how many vaccinators they need and where they have to go, where they missed kids and the number of doses they dispensed.

The Global Polio Eradication word “Eradication” is derived from Latin word “radix” which means “root” Initiative — which includes the WHO, Rotary, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Nations Children’s Fund and the Bill may refer to & Melinda Gates gate or gateway is a point of entry to a space which is enclosed by walls Foundation — does genetic sequencing on virus samples taken from infected children to track the spread of the disease.

That lets workers “sharpen the program instead of trying to vaccinate everybody all the time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future,” says Dr. Jay Wenger, who leads the Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts.

There are no guarantees that polio will be wiped out. Parts of Pakistan (Urdu: پاکستان), officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a federal parliamentary republic in South Asia and Afghanistan are too remote or too dangerous to reach.

But so far, it looks promising. In 2014, Pakistan reported more than 300 polio cases, its highest in a decade. By 2015, it had just 54. And this could be the year it sees its last.



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Back in Nowshera, Shakeel still monitors the health of her neighbors. As soon as she hears about a birth, she’s knocking on the family the context of human society, a family (from Latin: familia) is a group of people affiliated either by consanguinity (by recognized birth), affinity (by marriage or any other relation ship like‘s door to make sure the baby’s healthy and gets is an English main or auxiliary verb with many uses Get or GET may refer to: Get (animal), the offspring of an animal GET (time), a time zone used in the Republic of Georgia Get (divorce document), inoculated. And she’s recording it all with her cell phone.

“It was my dream since childhood to become a nurse, but my parents wouldn’t allow me,” Shakeel says say is to communicate orally. “As a Lady Health Worker, I go house-to-house [to] ensure vaccinations, refer patients to hospitals and doctors and provide available medicines.

“Our communities have benefited a lot from this initiative political science, an initiative (also known as a popular or citizens’ initiative) is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can force a public vote,” she says. 

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