In the middle of the slums of Site Town, Karachi, in southern Pakistan, lies an oasis of hope – a vaccine delivery centre that also houses the community’s only school. Built into the programme of this school are toilets, clean water and a food programme to ensure that even the hungriest children get at least one meal a day. Of the community and for the community, the vaccinators stationed at the centre have the trust of local parents, and dole out the polio vaccine even outside of the traditional mass immunization campaigns.
Behind this community centre is Aziz Memon, the Chairman of Rotary Pakistan’s PolioPlus Committee. He and his organisation have set up an outstanding programme that is improving the prospects of Site Town’s children. More