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Unterstützung für die Heldinnen im Kampf gegen Polio

NEW YORK – Letzten Monat sagten Regierungen und andere Geber finanzielle Mittel im Ausmaß von 1,2 Milliarden Dollar zu, um den 30-jährigen Kampf zur Ausrottung von Polio erfolgreich zu Ende zu bringen. Auf dem Höhepunkt der Polio-Epidemie wurden jedes Jahr 350.000 Kinder Opfer der Lähmungen aufgrund dieser Krankheit. Letztes Jahr waren es nur 37 Fälle und heuer halten wir bei sechs.

Doch so bedeutsam diese Fortschritte auch sein mögen, der Sieg über Polio ist noch keineswegs garantiert. Und die Rolle weiblichen Impfpersonals wird der entscheidende Faktor für den Erfolg sein.  

Frauen befinden sich seit langem an vorderster Front der Anstrengungen zur Ausrottung von Polio. In Gegenden wie in den Stammesgebieten Pakistans wird männlichem Impfpersonal vielfach der Einlass in das Heim von Fremden verwehrt, wohingegen Gesundheitsarbeiterinnen gefährdeten Kindern den Polio-Impfstoff neben anderen Routine-Impfungen sehr wohl verabreichen und grundlegende Gesundheitsdienste anbieten dürfen. 

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