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West and Central Africa


Polio stopped again in 10 African countries as major immunization campaigns launch
NEW YORK, USA, 11 November 2005 – Twenty-eight African countries are launching synchronized polio immunization campaigns today in a concerted effort to help drive the virus out of the continent forever. Meanwhile public health officials have confirmed that a polio epidemic which recently flared in 10 African countries has been successfully stopped, as a result of similar campaigns earlier this year.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses African Health Ministers
NEW YORK, 13 October 2005 – In a video address to the 2nd Session of the Conference of African Ministers of Health, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman has said that Africa is a priority region for UNICEF and that Health Ministers are front-line partners in UNICEF’s efforts to improve the lives and well-being of children.

Niger’s neighbours also threatened by food crisis
NEW YORK, 19 August 2005 – As the disturbing images of starving children in Niger fade from the international media, a similar crisis could be just around the corner for other countries in the Sahel – the vast parched region of West Africa bordering the Sahara desert.




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