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In an article published on BBC Media Action's blog, Hodan Ibrahim, Senior Researcher BBC Media Action Somali, discuss one programme set up to help Internally Displaced People (IDP); Dhibcaha Nolosha.

Meaning “Drops for life”, this programme is a weekly radio drama followed by a discussion aiming to improve attitudes towards vaccination and raising awareness and education about polio.

Ibrahim shares the story of Abdirahman, a 13 year-old boy affected by polio. The young boy is completely paralysed on the right side of his body. His mother had noticed that something was wrong when he was a baby but didn't have the medical information. When the boy was treated by a doctor, it was too late.

Abdirahman's mother is now an advocate for vaccination against polio and says she has learned about the disease thanks to Dhibcaha Nolosha.

In October 2015, UNICEF declared Somalia polio free.

Read Hodan Ibrahim full blog entry

Learn about Dhibcaha Nolosha (Drops for life)

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