Apr 7, 2013

India makes inroads on polio as mosques spread the word.

Health workers in Aligarh are overcoming cultural mistrust about polio immunisation by turning to local Muslim clerics for support.

"If you convert our efforts into pay, it's not really pay. It doesn't even compare," says Khalida Sherwani, smiling. "I do it for the children. We do it for the children."
She speaks with an intensity, a passion, evident in her role as a Unicef polio health worker. It's the second day in India's biannual immunisation campaign, a routine that began in 1995 when India had more than 100,000 cases of polio.

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