A Complex Operation

The UN announced a polio vaccination drive in West Africa's Lake Chad basin to vaccinate more than 41 million children after 3 cases popped up in Nigeria in August, threatening global eradication efforts.
 
Nearly 40,000 health workers have fanned out across Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.
 
It is especially challenging given the other pressing needs in the area, with over 1 million IPDs and refugees. To understand the complexities of delivering vaccines within a humanitarian emergency, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) conducted a Q&A with WHO officials working on the response. Rob Holden, WHO Overall Incident Manager, expressed confidence that the outbreak will be stopped swiftly, and the region will be rapidly certified polio-free as a result of the response being conducted within a broader humanitarian effort—pooling resources with other organizations, and ensuring aid is not being delivered in silos to people suffering from hunger and lack of basic health care.

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