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Children of Uzbekistan protected from preventable diseases: Uzbekistan is recognized as Measles and Rubella free country
TASHKENT, 7 November 2017 – Uzbekistan has been officially recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a country that eliminated Measles and Rubella. The country achieved elimination of these diseases from January 2014 to December 2016.
The Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella in the WHO European Region underlined that this fact contributes significantly to the goal of eliminating Measles and Rubella throughout the European region.
In 2007, Uzbekistan introduced the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination to the National Immunization Calendar. Two shots of MMR vaccine for children (in the ages of 12 months and 6 years old) build good immunity against these diseases for the rest of their lives.
MMR vaccination rates in the country are as high as 99.5% during the first vaccination and 99.7% in re-vaccination (2016).
Infectious diseases are one of the major threats to the health of children. Therefore, the Ministry of Health makes significant effort in implementing the National Immunization Programme, to prevent and eliminate vaccine preventive diseases.
“Children under the age of 14 years old constitute 27 per cent of Uzbekistan’s population. Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective public health investments we can make for future generations”, said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. “We will continue working with the Government, international partners and local communities to achieve and maintain universal routine immunization rates,” he added.
UNICEF assists the Government of Uzbekistan in procurement and introduction of new vaccines, strengthening the cold chain, achieving sustainable self-financing of vaccines procurement, and continuously increasing demand for vaccination through communication efforts.
During last decade, Uzbekistan has been transferring to sustainable and independent financing of vaccines procurement. In 2010, 90% of vaccines delivered to the country were purchased using the state budget. By 2020, the country plans to become fully independent in vaccine procurement.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF in Uzbekistan and its work for children, visit www.unicef.uz
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For more information, please contact:
Nargiza Fuzailova, Immunization Officer
Phone: + 998 93 505 97 92
Nargiza Egamberdieva, Communication Officer
Phone: + 998 93 380 34 19