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Protecting children under five years against polio: a must in Guinea

Media Advisory: Strengthening the protection of children under five years against poliomyelitis, a matter of must in the Republic of Guinea

Anti-polio national campaigns in 3 cycles in Guinea: - (from the 06th to the 10th March - from the 26th to the 29th March – and from the 23rd to the 26th April 2010).

The first national immunization tour runs from March 6-9th.

The official launch is at 10 am March 6th at the City Hall of Ratoma in Conakry.
 The campaign covers the entire national territory of Guinea.

The polio virus has re-infected the country in 2009. Over forty polio cases were detected in the country in the course of the year 2009, divided up in the majority of cases, between the forest region and Upper Guinea.

Confronting this recurrence of the polio virus after a three year lull between 2007 and 2009, five anti-polio virus vaccination tours were organized in 2009.

Three anti-polio vaccination tours will be set out; two of which will be synchronized with 19 other countries in the West African region (two in March and one in April 2010).

These aim at consolidating the barrier set up in order to arrest the circulation of the vicious polio virus and at starting out to reinforce the protection of children under the age of five.

With an income of under one dollar per day for over half of the population, the drying up of State revenues drawn out from the bauxite, less than 4% of the national budget allocated to the health sector; the basic social services in Guinea are undergoing the after-effects of the political instability that the country has been experiencing since 2006.

The children who make up the most vulnerable group are the first to be exposed to a drop in the performance of the health system, connected in particular to difficulties encountered at the point of the upkeep of the cold network, the regularity of routine vaccinations, the recurrent breakdown in vaccines and essential medicines etc.

So many factors at the bottom of the recurrence of deadly infant diseases in Guinea such as poliomyelitis, measles, yellow fever …..

A workshop on the renewal primary health care organized by the Ministry of Health has just ended in Conakry and came out with a short-term plan for the revitalization of the health centers.

Beneficiaries: The campaign targets every child under 5

Partners: The campaign is organized by the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene with the Ministry of Decentralization and Local Development and their partners (UNICEF, WHO….).

UNICEF Guinea procures 2 800 000 vaccine shots and support communication for social mobilization.

Note to editors
UNICEF Representative in Guinea is available for interviews. UNICEF can also facilitate interviews with national authorities and with technical and financial partners as well as the collection of testimonies of mothers of children benefiting from the campaign.

For more information, please contact:
Michèle Akan Badarou, UNICEF Guinea, Tel:+224 64 31 67 89, email:





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