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Africa bids to stay polio-free

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Throughout Africa, immunisation partners are celebrating African Immunisation Week to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination in reducing child mortality and renew efforts around universal vaccination coverage.
Vaccination can save children’s lives, and keep adults, communities and nations, healthy. One in five African children still lacks access to all the necessary and basic vaccinations.
This year, Africa United, a campaign led by a coalition of African leaders and celebrities such as Didier Drogba and designed to drive communications around strengthening national immunisation programs while raising awareness on routine vaccination, has teamed up with the World Health Organisation African Regional Office (WHO AFRO), to highlight African Vaccination Week’s theme through the “Every Shot Counts” initiative.
The campaign’s partners use visual materials that amplify existing education, advocacy, and health care delivery efforts.
The theme for African Vaccination Week 2016 is “Close the gap. Stay polio-free!” and draws attention to the need for universal immunization coverage in the African Region. It is also a celebration of the important polio eradication milestone that has been reached, and calls on countries to stay vigilant in the fight against polio, to stay polio-free.
Yacine Djibo, founder of Speak Up Africa and co-manager of the Africa United Campaign reminds us that the leading causes of death among children (pneumonia and diarrhea) in Africa can be effectively prevented by vaccinating all children. “There is no more cost-effective way for us to protect millions of our children. No children need die of diarrhea or pneumonia if we vaccinate our kids” adds Djibo.
The first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held earlier this year, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the conference, African leaders took bold steps towards universal coverage with commitments outlined in the Declaration on Universal Access to Immunization as a Cornerstone for Health and Development.

  • guest

    If you want to stay Polio free-stay away from the Polio Vaccine:
    In 1976, Dr Jonas Salk, creator of the killed-virus vaccine used in the 1950’s, testified that the live-virus vaccine (used almost exclusively in the U.S. from the early 1960’s to 2000) was the “principal if not sole cause” of all reported polio cases in the U.S. since 1961 (Washington Post,September 24,1976). The virus remains in the throat for one to two weeks and in the feces for up to two months. Thus, vaccine recipients are at risk, and can potentially spread the disease, as long as fecal excretion of the virus continues ( American Academy of Pediatrics, Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases:1986(Elk Grove Village, Illinois: AAP):284–5.

    It’s the same vaccine today and it’s still causing Polio. India was Polio free in 2011 but by 2012 after the Polio Vaccine was distributed there was an increase in Non Polio Acute Flaccid Paralysis-clinically indistinguishable from Polio but more deadly. It only comes from the Polio Vaccine. By the end of 2012 there were 47,500 cases and as of the beginning of 2016 the cases have increased to over 60,000. The number of cases are consistent with the number of Polio doses given.