By Zara Salman & Shehryar Nabi

Since Pakistan reached an alarming high of 306 new polio cases in 2014, polio vaccination campaigns have helped reduce that number dramatically. But to ensure the long-term eradication of polio in Pakistan, the systemic problems affecting the administration of polio vaccines still have to be addressed. One of these problems is motivation: low pay for highly demanding work has left many health workers unwilling to perform well, which results in fewer vaccinations. According to IGC-funded research, both monetary and behavioural incentives show promising results as policy tools to motivate health workers.

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