Your Stories: “I work 24/7 to provide Pakistan with vaccines”Updated: July 15th, 2021
Tahia Bano is the only female superintendent of vaccination in her district of Pakistan, Karachi East.
She receives around 200 calls on any given day, as people reach out to inquire about COVID-19 vaccinations.
“I just want to help out everyone. I know this is not possible … but I really want to,” she told Global Citizen. “This is a very tough time for the people who are suffering from COVID-19.”
She manages the logistics around obtaining and distributing personal protective equipment such as gowns, masks, and sanitizers for health centers across the district, answers peoples questions about vaccine eligibility and allays the fears of vaccine sceptics.
She’s incredibly busy, but very effective, particularly when speaking with other women, who she said willingly open their homes to her to discuss vaccinating their children.
“Women trust me and I can brief them more than men… I just want to play my part.”