Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Fighting polio in the Republic of Congo

Our first approved iReport from the Republic of Congo comes from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is working to combat a recent polio outbreak there.

 

Faye Callaghan, communications manager for IFRC in Africa, sent photos from a trip last week to the capital city Brazzaville, where thousands of volunteers have launched a massive campaign to vaccinate the entire country, more than 3.6 million people, against the disease. The last reported case in the West African country was in 2000.

 

"Volunteers just go up to people and give them the vaccination in the street. It's incredible -- there was a traffic jam and the volunteers were just going down the road giving them to taxi drivers, not missing any opportunity," Callaghan said. "It's critical that 100 percent of the population are immunized against it, because otherwise it can just spread again."

 

Callaghan's report from the Republic of Congo (which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo) leaves five countries left in our Global Challenge project to approve an iReport from every country in the world.

 

They are: Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Palau and Nauru. Know someone in one of these places? Tell them to upload their story!

2 Comments
December 1, 2010
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i think they should do this FAST before it spreads because this can spread very far and be very dangoures! and i dont want this to spread very far... because i dont want to be sick anytime soon,...or later...or in the future.!

December 2, 2010
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i think they should do this FAST before it spreads because this can spread very far and be very dangoures!

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