News: The suspension of polio vaccination activities by the WHO has put nearly 22,000 children at risk in Karachi, Pakistan, according to a UN official. The WHO suspended its activities in July 2012 due to a rise in the number of attacks on health workers, according to senior WHO coordinator for polio vaccination in Southern Sindh province, Elias Durry. The WHO's campaign was aimed at vaccinating 2.2mn children in Karachi, but polio drops were not given to 22,000 children in Gadap town due to security fears, Durry added. The WHO, which has not yet agreed to participate in the next campaign in September 2012, will recommence its activities only after securing permission from the police, WHO spokesperson in Pakistan, Maryam Yunus, said.
BMI View: BMI's Burden of Disease Database estimates that the number of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to polio in children in Pakistan was 1,248 in 2010. We forecast that this will decrease by 37% to 786 DALYs by 2015 and by 76% to 192 DALYs by 2030.