IRIN Examines Efforts To Stop Polio’s Spread In Horn Of Africa

“Efforts to stop the spread of polio in the Horn of Africa region are being ramped up with major immunization campaigns underway, targeting millions of vulnerable children,” IRIN reports. “There have been outbreaks in Kenya and Ethiopia, and more seriously neighboring Somalia, with 183 cases confirmed this year up to October, according to a snapshot by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),” the news service notes, adding, “If the polio outbreak in Somalia is not controlled quickly, global efforts to wipe out the disease once and for all could be jeopardized, warned the U.N. Children’s Fund [UNICEF].” IRIN also highlights efforts to vaccinate children in South Sudan and Sudan (11/18).