Somalia polio free for 6 months but UN says vaccination campaigns must continue as risks remain

A child is given an oral polio vaccine in SomaliaNairobi, 19 February 2015 – Somalia is marking six months since the last polio case was seen in the country following an outbreak that began in May 2013 affecting 199 people, mostly children. Since the outbreak began, the authorities, with the support of UNICEF and WHO have targeted more than 2 million children under the age of 5 for vaccinations, as well as children aged from 5 to 10 and adults in some areas. 

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)10 195
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 850
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 53.0

Source: Country statistical profiles 2014

See Somalia country profile

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