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Photo Essays: Health
Fighting resurgent polio in the Congo

February 2011: In late 2010, a deadly polio outbreak struck the Republic of the Congo. Some 64 cases have been confirmed, and over 300 cases of paralysis and 179 deaths are suspected to be polio-related. Mass immunizations are fighting the epidemic, part of a regional resurgence of the disease.

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March 2013: An October 2012 immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Mongolia reached over 500,000 children.

July 2012: UNICEF recently launched a four-year nutrition security initiative, supported by the European Union.

October 2010: In Cameroon, the Government is leading a renewed campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

June 2010: The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 also deepened the crisis of maternal health care in the country.

November 2009: Endemic poverty, the global economic downturn and recurrent natural disasters are deepening a nutrition crisis in India.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, growing poverty, conflict and rising food costs are deepening a nutrition crisis for Pakistan.

January 2009: The State of the World's Children 2009 examines the global maternal health crisis and outlines cost-effective solutions.

October 2007: Maternal health reflects the social status of women and is vital to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

July 2006: Namibia completed the second round of a campaign to immunize all of its 1.8 million people in response to a polio outbreak.

April 2006: Bangladesh reports that 99 per cent of children under 10 were vaccinated against measles in a major immunization campaign.

April 2005: National Immunization Days (NIDs) against polio targeted 14.7 million children under the age of five.

March 2005: Through art, children express their fears and sorrows caused by the December 2004 tsunami.

October 2012: Pakistan is one of only three remaining polio-endemic countries in the world.

February 2011: In late 2010, mass immunization efforts were launched in the wake of a deadly polio outbreak in the Republic of the Congo.

June 2010: Pregnancy and childbirth remain perilous in Afghanistan, where maternal and child mortality rates are second highest in the world.

June 2010: Sierra Leone continues to have one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

November 2009: The global economic crisis, rising food prices, natural disasters and persistent poverty are deepening a nutrition crisis in Nepal.

November 2009: The global economic downturn, natural disasters and rising food prices are deepening a nutrition crisis in Bangladesh.

April 2008: The Countdown to 2015 is a global partnership for renewed action in achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals.

September 2006: Millennium Development Goal 4 aims, by 2015, to reduce by two-thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

May 2006: Good nutrition is the cornerstone of health – and vital to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

June 2005: UNICEF supports health & nutrition services for children and women in camps hosting some 1.8 million people.

March 2005: "Africa Live: Roll Back Malaria Concert" in Dakar, Senegal, supports a global reduction in malaria deaths.