Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to travel to Chad to highlight polio
New York/Geneva/N’djamena, Chad, 26 February 2010 – Internationally acclaimed actress, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is travelling to Chad this weekend to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinating children against polio.
The visit is timed to coincide with the country’s upcoming national polio immunization campaign.
During her week-long visit, Ms. Farrow will meet with local officials and travel with polio teams to witness vaccination campaigns first-hand.
Chad’s national campaign is part of a synchronized polio immunization campaign to be conducted across west and central Africa on 6 March.
The synchronized campaign, which is being organized with the support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative(GPEI), involves a total of 19 countries and is aimed at stopping the spread of polio outbreaks across west and central Africa.
Chad is of particular international concern because of an outbreak between 2004 and 2006 that originated in northern Nigeria and spread through Chad to re-infect multiple countries, including Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Indonesia.
In addition, confirmation of a type 3 case in northern Cameroon that is genetically linked to the current Chad outbreak further underlines the ongoing risk of international spread.