Mar 23, 2012

The Polio Police Keep At It.

March 23, 2012: One important tool for peacekeepers is medical care. Pakistan, which has never had full control (as in local government, police and such) in many of the tribal areas along the Afghan border, provides a form of peacekeeping operation there. Troops and paramilitary forces are brought in to try and keep the peace as needed, as well as to protect a few services, especially medical care. The medical teams are very active in trying to control communicable diseases. Most notably, these teams took part in the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, and are now trying to eliminate polio. Unlike smallpox, the growth of Islamic radicalism and paranoia has made it much more difficult to wipe out polio.

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