A Chance for Change

Despite comparatively low numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, South Asia is suffering disruptions to key health services.

Take polio vaccination.
In April, Pakistan halted a nationwide vaccination campaign—resulting in some 40 million children missing their polio vaccine drops. In Afghanistan, the only other country where polio remains endemic, the disease has resurfaced in areas once declared polio-free.
But the pandemic also offers a rare opportunity for solidarity for leaders in South Asia to address outdated archaic disaster preparedness policies, to embrace cross-border collaboration, and to repair weaknesses in the region’s health security, writes Vaibhav Gupta.
Think Global Health (commentary)

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