Publication: Organized terrorism: An emerging barrier for public health

A short letter to the editor of the Australasian Medical Journal, stressing on the fact that terrorism and political destabilization were major hurdles on the way to achieving successful deployment of public health programs.

Chatterjee P, Biswas T, Sen P. Organized terrorism: An emerging barrier for public health. Australasian Medical Journal 2011; 4(10):563-5.

The recent declaration by the WHO 1 identifying the origin of the latest polio cases in China (the first since 1999) as from the poorly immunised areas of Pakistan (especially the Khyber and Federally Administered Tribal Areas or FATA) is worrying on several levels. The world has been on the brink of eradicating the dreaded polio virus for several years now, with endemicity being reported from only a handful of nations (like Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Afghanistan). The rising success rates in India2 had also raised hopes of overpowering this pathogen until this latest tragedy struck.