A Drop of Hope
Abdulahi Ibrahim administers polio vaccine to a child in Somalia, part of World Vision’s six-month campaign to immunize 100,000 Somali children against polio and other diseases.
Though Somalia was declared polio-free in 2007, an outbreak began in May in the Banadir region that has affected 174 people.
“The polio outbreak is a big blow to Somali children who have lacked health services over a long period of time as a result of the continued conflict and natural disasters,” says Francois Batalingaya, World Vision’s national director for Somalia.
World Vision and other organizations have conducted six vaccination campaigns in response to the latest outbreak, increased monitoring and reporting of suspected polio cases, and trained government personnel involved in the campaigns. The campaign ends in March 2014.
Photo credit: 2013 Amanda Jepchirchir Koech/World Vision
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