This Mother Helped Vaccinate More Than 95 Percent of Kids in Gaya, Nigeria
Halima Ibrahim Zubair, a mother of six living in Gaya, Nigeria, is known as "Maman Polio" — the mother of polio.
According to the Huffington Post, the 37 year old works as a community mobilizer with UNICEF and is responsible for ensuring that children in Gaya, a Local Government Area in Kano State, Nigeria, get lifesaving vaccines and other critical health treatments.
With the help of her team, the Huffington Post reports that she has helped vaccinate more than 95 percent of the children in her area against polio.
"It pains me when children and women die of completely preventable causes," Zubair told UNICEF. "This job gives me the opportunity to reach out to the most-in-need and work with them to find solutions."
Three years ago, Nigeria accounted for more than half of all polio cases worldwide, according to WHO.
But local health workers and government groups have made massive vaccination efforts in the country, and the country hasn't had a reported case of polio since July.
Zubair connects with each new family that moves to town to address their concerns to ensure that each child gets vaccinated.
"Nigeria has made remarkable progress against polio, but continued vigilance is needed to protect these gains and ensure that polio does not return," WHO said in a statement in September.
"Immunization and surveillance activities must continue to rapidly detect a potential re-introduction or re-emergence of the virus."
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