Taliban and government strike deal
Afghan government health officials have brokered a deal with Taliban leaders to allow children in rebel held areas to receive vaccinations. Unicef is trying to vaccinate more than a million Afghan children against polio after a recent outbreak of the debilitating viral infection that the World Health Organization is trying to eradicate.
The Taliban's fight against the Afghan government and its mainly Western allies has held back health related development, such as hospital and clinic construction, which is sorely needed after 30 years. Fighting also prevents health workers reaching many sick and injured people.
Government medical officials struck the deal after contacting a medical professional on the Taliban side, who persuaded a Taliban governor that the vaccinations should be allowed to go ahead.
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