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2009.03.11

* UNICEF: Benin completes first round of National Immunization Days against polio
* Asset Duration: 03 min 15 secs
* Shoot City: Cotonau
* Shoot Country: Benin
* Shoot Date: 06 Mar 2009


It was a market day four months ago when Marie Houkpatin realized there was something wrong with her 16 month old daughter Lucienne. She took her to the clinic in the town of Pobe, Benin to be told that she had contracted polio.


Previously Lucienne had been a healthy, active toddler like her twin sister Lucrece. Neither of the twins had been vaccinated against polio, Lucrece was just lucky to not get infected.


Luciene is one of 8 reported polio cases in Benin in the last 12 months. Whereas from 2003-2007 there were no reported cases and it appeared as if polio had been irradiated from the country.


However a recent resurgence of the wild polio virus in West Africa has prompted large scale regional action to immunize all children under the age of five.


SOUNDBITE, Dr. Souleymane Diallo, UNICEF Representative in Benin:
"This is a four day campaign, organized simultaneously in four countries. In the case of Benin we have mobilized 16700 volunteers to be able to reach 2.7 million children. Using this regional approach is the only way we have of putting an end to the transmission of polio."


The campaign is being orchestrated by the Ministry of Health, with support from many partners including WHO, UNICEF and Rotary International.


UNICEF is providing the doses of vaccine as well as co-ordinating a sensitization
campaign to educate parents about polio and the need to vaccinate.


At the launch of the campaign President Boni Yayi even stepped in to help with a few vaccinations himself.


The campaign strategy it to send volunteers from door to door. From crowded urban city centres, to isolated rural communities and even taking to dugout canoes in areas like Ganvie that are only accessible by water.


It is not always an easy task for the volunteers, but it is one they carry out gladly:
SOUNDBITE, Albert Adingban, Volunteer (FRENCH):
"No one should experience such a bad disease. It discourages us and that is why we decided to vaccinate our children."


Volunteers are trained to communicate the messages to ease parents' fears about immunizing their children.


The only resistance it is hoped will be from the children themselves... and this is easily overcome with a firm, yet loving hand.


SOUNDBITE, Lakbe, Mother (YOROBA):
"I am very happy I have vaccinated my child and that now he is safe from paralysis."

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