Photos by Christine Nesbitt Hills and story by Christine Jaulmes
Children take the lead in northern Nigeria’s immunization drive
KATSINA STATE, Nigeria, 5 March 2007 – Heading to school last week in northern Katsina State, Imrana Musa, 10, had no idea what a special mission he was going to be sent on. Instead of the standard arithmetic lesson, his teacher spoke to the class about the importance of immunization to prevent childhood illnesses such as measles, polio, diphtheria and tetanus.
From the GAVI Alliance Progress Report, 2006. Click here to download the full report.
In March 2007, Nigeria launched the latest in a series of polio immunisation campaigns. Nigeria is one of four polio-endemic countries in the world and the last in Africa. Eradication of the disease calls for a multi-pronged strategy that engages the entire community, from parents and teachers to women’s groups, religious leaders and children.