Health Journalists Across Pakistan Unite Against Polio Part 1/3
Workshops on health journalism concludes with "Journalists Against Polio" Forums. The first of its kind series of media workshops on the coverage of sensitive issues relating to children, including their exploitation, healthcare and rights were held during June - July 2012 across Pakistan in Islamabad in which the journalists working in the health sector made a consensus to the form a journalist forum against polio. The focus of the workshop was to promote ethical reporting on issues relating to children who remain the most vulnerable segment of the society and remain exposed to victimization and harassment even in places considered safe for them. One of the key issues highlighted by the speakers remained related to healthcare, especially polio, which continues to remain a major problem in Pakistan -- one of the only three countries of the world where this disease continues to cripple children below the age of five years. The workshop was organized by UNICEF Pakistan in collaboration with Mishal Pakistan -- a non-government organization working for creating awareness on critical issues relating to the media and journalistic ethics. The initiative was also supported by the press clubs across Pakistan. The speakers highlighted the fact that in 2012 so far 23 polio cases have been reported in various parts of Pakistan with the highest number of victims hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA where a total of 15 cases have been brought to the notice of authorities. In Sindh <b>...</b>
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