The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that up to 17 countries in West and Central Africa launched a synchronized polio immunization campaign on October 14 in an attempt to reach 70 million children all at once.
The largest public health initiative ever undertaken in the region will last
till October 23. Thousands of health workers and trained volunteers will take
part in the campaign, going door-to- door to make sure no child is missed.
The countries taking part are Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau,
Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and
Togo. Three more countries, Cameroon, Chad, and Cote d'Ivoire, will join the
massive cross- border polio immunization campaign in mid-November.
The partners in the Global Polio Eradication Effort are the WHO, the United
States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rotary International,
and the United Nations Children's Fund ( UNICEF), in addition to participating
national governments and private foundations.