UN: 2.6 Million Children in Somalia Immunized Against Measles, Polio

PHOTO CREDIT: UNICEF

At least 2.6 million children in Somalia have been immunized against measles and polio, says the UN agencies, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s agency UNICEF.

The vaccination campaign, rolled out in November, targeted children under five amid severe drought and displacement in the country.

The WHO Representative for Somalia, Mamunur Rahman Malik, said her organization in collaboration with UNICEF uses a nationwide integrated immunization campaign to save the lives of millions of Somali children.

According to UN estimates, more than 3.5 million children under five are at risk of contracting immunizable diseases as the humanitarian crisis worsens due to persistent drought and conflict.

Between January and October, Somalia reported at least 15,000 cases of measles and four cases of a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in humans.