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Photo Essays: Immunization
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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April 2014: Health workers rely on a system known as the ‘cold chain’ to ensure that vaccines remain potent, to keep children healthy.

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

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

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.

September 2005: Recapturing lost momentum is vital if reducing under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – MDG 4 – is to be achieved.

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

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

March 2007: In March 2007, Nigeria launched the latest in a series of polio immunization campaigns.

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.