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Successful polio eradication campaign, 1 December 2011

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1 December 2011 – A highly successful polio (poliomyelitis) eradication campaign has been undertaken in Yemen. Although the country has been polio free since 2006, because of the crisis in the country an urgent need was identified for an additional eradication campaign as a preventive measure.

The campaign took place from 14 to 18 November 2011, with financial and technical support from WHO and UNICEF, each providing US$ 700 000. The target population was 4 448 871 children under-5. A total of 2588 fixed and 19 076 mobile teams, with 40 740 workers, were mobilized to conduct the campaign.

The coverage rate achieved was 96%, a really excellent result given the challenging situation in which it was implemented. In Sa’ada governorate, the campaign started slightly later on 21 November because special arrangements had to take place in preparation. It was also a very successful campaign, achieving a coverage rate of 82%.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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