We’ve all heard about what a perilous occupation polio worker is in Pakistan – they, and those guarding them have come under frequent, and often fatal attack by militant groups. Regardless, thousands of women continue to work in and alongside poor and remote communities – as vaccinators, lady health workers, community mobilisers – to deliver polio immunisations. Their work has resulted in significant reductions in the number of year-on-year cases reported, but there’s still a way to go, and Pakistan remains one of the very few countries in the world where polio still exists.
The work of these women polio workers is the focus of an exhibition at Asia House by photographer Khaula Jamil, who also runs the popular HONY inspired photoblog Humans of Karachi (read more about her work here). Her images will provide a springboard for a discussion supported by the organisation Global One about how the diaspora can support the drive for polio eradication in Pakistan. The exhibition will move to Bradford on February 3rd.
When: Wednesday 1st February 2017, 3pm – 8pm (a panel discussion will take place at 6pm)
Where: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish St, Marylebone, London W1G 7LP
More info and to book: Global One – Women on the Frontline
By Seema Khan
Posted on 27 January 2017