WHO and UNICEF lead polio immunization campaign in Syria and Middle East

8 November 2013

[caption id="attachment_205401" align="alignleft" width="350"] UNICEF/Simon Ingram] The polio campaign will target children in Syria and neighbouring countries. (Photo: UNICEF/S. Ingram)[/caption]Two UN agencies are spearheading a campaign to protect millions of children in Syria and the Middle East against polio.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) are working to reach 20 million children in a region which has not seen the disease for nearly a decade.

A recent outbreak of polio in northeastern Syria has left 10 youngsters paralyzed.

To find out more about the campaign, UN Radio’s Reem Abaza spoke on the line to Syria to Elizabeth Hoof, WHO representative in the country.

Duration: 3'21"

 

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