From 12 to 22 February 2012, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow travelled to Chad andthe Democratic Republic of the Congo to promote expanded polio eradication efforts and toreview other UNICEF-supported programmes. Ms. Farrow met with children affected by polio;with religious leaders to help raise critical support for increased immunization coverage; andwith partner representatives from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public-privatepartnership led by governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization(WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) andUNICEF.Her visits follow an important milestone towards eradicating the highly infectious disease: InJanuary, India – one of just four polio-endemic countries remaining in the world – for the firsttime reported a full year with no new polio cases. (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are theother three endemic countries.) Ms. Farrow also visited vaccination and other project sites; andwith children and families affected by ongoing conflict; community, traditional and local leaders;and senior government; donor and partner officials.In Chad, circulation of an imported wild poliovirus has persisted for over a year, andmalnutrition remains one of the biggest threats to children’s survival and development. Ms.Farrow participated in the launch of the nationwide polio immunization campaign inN’Djamena, the capital, and also visited health, rehabilitation and therapeutic feeding centres, acold-chain centre, displacement camps, and a UNICEF supply warehouse.