Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Rob Wilson

Final Abstract for URS Program

This project will examine the main reasons why polio eradication campaigns failed in Afghanistan and Pakistan. An expository approach was taken to discuss the social story of why southern Asia’s distrust in American medicine was further solidified by the Osama bin Laden vaccine guise. These two countries' reactions were very similar in the fact that people who were trying to distribute the polio vaccine were often killed. The first reason was the wide insecurity within the countries after the search for Osama bin Laden was disguised as a vaccine campaign. The second reason was the misconceptions people had about the polio vaccine since most sources were deemed credible without reliable data. The last portion of the project focuses on the poor healthcare system in place at the time of these campaigns.

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