The United Nations is supporting a regional vaccination drive that aims to help eradicate polio in Africa. The campaign is expected to benefit up to 72 million children.
Approximately 300,000 health workers will be visiting 15 African countries to administer two drops of oral polio vaccine to children below the age of 5. The campaign will focus on areas where risks of acquiring the disease are highest, the U.N. News Center says.
The initiative is also backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, Japan and Germany.