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Eight million children vaccinated against measles and rubella during national campaign in Uzbekistan
Author: Nigina Baykabulova
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 29 September 2011 — Eight million children were vaccinated against measles and rubella (MR) recently, during a
The nationwide effort was led by Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health and supported by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners of the Global Measles Initiative, such as the
Ninety five per cent reduction in measles mortality by 2015 over the 1990 baseline, is a global priority for UNICEF to achieve an equitable approach to child survival, growth and development.
In addition, UNICEF provided technical assistance in getting the vaccine, injection safety equipment as well as communication and social mobilization activities, and as a result of the Uzbek Government negotiations, the major bulk of MR vaccines were donated by the Serum Institute of India.
Though most Uzbeks recognize the need to vaccinate children to keep them healthy, growing access to different sources of information has led to today’s parents having more concerns, especially about the safety of vaccines. There are also families that refuse to vaccinate their children on religious or other grounds. That is why training of medical workers on safe vaccination and
To help build trust in vaccine safety, 120 street plays were staged by a professional theatre group with the support of the Ministry of Health and UNICEF in the
Story in pictures6 PhotoRoll out of measles and rubella vaccination campaign for children