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Last month, national governments and other donors pledged $1.2 billion to help carry the 30-year fight to eradicate polio over the finish line.One factor – the role of female vaccinators – will be a critical determinant of success.Women have long been on the front lines of the global effort to end polio. In places like the tribal areas of Pakistan, male vaccinators are often not allowed to enter a stranger's home, whereas female health workers can deliver the vaccine to vulnerable children, along with other routine immunizations and basic health services.In 2015, I traveled to neighboring India to take part in a national immunization campaign, joining an all-female team of health workers assigned to administer the polio vaccine to children in an impoverished part of New Delhi. I accompanied a local health worker, Deepika, on my crutches, as I have been crippled by polio myself.Where polio still persists – in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria – vaccinators like Deepika work tirelessly to reach every child.Nearly 62 percent of vaccinators in Nigeria are women. In Pakistan, the proportion of female vaccinators is 58 percent, and 30 percent in Afghanistan.
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