These situations are so saddening. It’s terrible to see these people suffering from such an easily preventable disease just so one man in charge of a floundering terrorist organisation was killed. I understand the reasons for murdering him but to be honest I wish they’d think these things through. Was it really worth it in the end?

TED Blog

Last year it was revealed that the CIA ran a fake vaccination campaign as cover to hunt for Bin Laden. And of course, here’s the tragic side effect: Now, Pakistan is facing a polio crisis from unvaccinated children, because health workers are viewed with distrust — if not outright targeted by the Taliban.

This moving short film is part of a campaign to help rebuild trust, parent by parent, in the health system and vaccinations. TED Fellow Bassam Tariq, a filmmaker (and a Halal butcher), produced the film as a public service announcement aimed at Pakistani migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates. The point: to encourage them to get their children back home vaccinated. The film is being shown in cinemas and migrant camps in the UAE, on airline flights between the UAE and Pakistan, and on Pakistani television.

He tells the Fellows blog about Pakistan’s polio crisis and…

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