UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) join the Government and people of Pakistan in condemning the multiple attacks in the past week. Those killed or injured, many of whom are women, are among hundreds of thousands of heroes who work selflessly to eradicate polio and provide other health services to children in Pakistan. Such attacks deprive children in Pakistan of their right to basic life-saving health interventions and place them at risk for a disease that causes lifelong disability.

In light of the prevailing security situation, WHO and UNICEF Pakistan are implementing additional security protocols to ensure the safety and security of their polio workers.

UNICEF, WHO and all our partners in Pakistan express our deepest sympathy to the families of the health workers who were killed or injured. We remain committed to supporting the Government and the people of Pakistan in their efforts to rid the country of polio.


For further information, please contact:

UNICEF: Azmat Abbas, Media Specialist: +92 321-9454726, aabutt@unicef.org
UNICEF: Patrick McCormick, +41 79 303 0541, pmccormick@unicef.org

UNICEF UK: Ju-Lin Tan +41 (0)207 375 6030 julint@unicef.org.uk

WHO: Dr. Elias Durry, Senior Coordinator for Polio Eradication, +92 300850 8810, durrye@pak.emro.who.int


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