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WHO, UNICEF begins dialogue with Taliban in Afghanistan

The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are holding fruitful talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban government.

The UN agencies made the announcement in a joint statement on Monday.

It disclosed that the Taliban agreed to allow the resumption of the door-to-door vaccination of children against polio.

The campaign will begin on November 8, the first time in over three years.

The exercise is expected to reach 3.3 million children hitherto inaccessible due to violence.

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The Taliban decision is an “extremely important step in the right direction”, said WHO representative in Afghanistan, Dapeng Luo.

The government agreed on the inclusion of female frontline workers and the provision of security for all health workers, the statement added.

In June, five members of a polio vaccination team were killed in eastern Afghanistan and several others injured.

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