85 million children to be immunized across
DAKAR/BRAZZAVILLE, 4 March 2010 - More
than 85 million children under five years old will be immunized against
polio in 19 countries across West and Central Africa in a massive example
of cross-border cooperation aimed at stopping a year-long polio epidemic.
Nine countries in West and Central Africa
- Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal
and Sierra Leone - are considered to have active outbreaks of polio (i.e.
cases within the last six months).
The campaign kicks off on March 6 in