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Letters Polio vaccination in Afghanistan

Strengthening routine polio vaccination in Afghanistan

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 02 December 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2935
  1. Ayesha Ahmad, senior lecturer in global health1,
  2. Mohammad Haqmal, lecturer in public health2
  1. 1St George’s, University of London, UK
  2. 2City, University of London, London, UK
  1. aahmad{at}

We respond to the lifting of the polio vaccination ban in Afghanistan from a humanitarian health perspective.1 The crucial importance of developing protective mechanisms against severe and harsh determinants of health amid legacies of conflict and depletion of healthcare cannot be emphasised enough. Working to provide protection from diseases such as polio is an important humanitarian and peace focused initiative to reframe …

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