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A health worker in the Philippines takes this chanced meeting on her road to give this child oral polio vaccine. The door-to-door campaign to give oral polio vaccine to children 5 years and below covers hard-to-reach areas, including houses accessible only by boat. With the aid of a check list of children in a Philippine coastal village, health workers double check with a mother that her child has been given oral polio vaccine. Volunteer teams go by foot to ensure all children are administered oral polio vaccine. Schools are strategic places to catch a good number of children in need of oral polio vaccine. Volunteer teams comb every nook and corner to ensure there are no children missed in the oral polio vaccination campaign. In Kampong Chnang Province in Cambodia, a health worker calls out to villagers to bring their children as vaccination is about to start. A health worker in Lao People's Democratic Republic checks the roster to ensure that children receiving oral polio vaccine are properly recorded. In Sangthong District of Vientiane Province in Lao PDR, outreach teams vaccinate children in areas where there are no clinics or other facilities. Lao PDR's maternal and child health outreach teams visit a high school to immunize girls against tetanus. Lao PDR government health workers cruise the Nam Khan Rover to review a national immunization session in an area not reachable by boat. Government health workers in Lao PDR prepare for a 10-day rural trip to remote villages where there is no access to health services.  Cold chain must be maintained so large vaccine cooler boxes are carried throughout the period, and ice is restocked every few days. In rural areas in Lao PDR, outreach teams make regular visits to remote villages.  Vaccinations are often not made on time or on schedule due to farming practices when families move house to upland fields. A health worker at a rural health clinic in Solomon Islands talks to mothers and children about proper nutrition. A health worker in the Philippines taking a blood sample from a sick child to check for malaria. A baby's weight being checked at a maternal and child health clinic in Suva, Fiji. A mobile team doctor examining a malnourished child in Lao PDR. A provincial team doctor in Lao PDR examining a sick child. 



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