Women’s Work

In Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers program, 100,000 female community health workers go door to door, dispensing the oral polio vaccine to children in the country’s rural and marginalized areas.
 

Replicating this model is key to reaching billions around the world who are waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine, contends Manish Sreevatsava, the 2020 Johns Hopkins-Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Fellow. The work that the women do in persuading families to vaccinate their children against polio uses the skills that will be needed to convince people of the COVID-19 vaccine’s benefits. 
 

The Lady Health Workers model offers a proven strategy to counter vaccine hesitancy and dispel misinformation, “helping to close the gap between rural and urban, as well as rich and poor, vaccination rates over time,” writes Sreevatsava. 
 

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