Anti-measles campaign targets 4.5 million children

Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- More than 4.
5 million children would be vaccinated in Tanzania under a Global Measles Strategic Plan (GMSP) starting 4 August.
The immunisation exercise, estimated to cost more than 3 billion Tanzanian shillings (about 3.
4 million US dollars), would be spearheaded by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), a senior government official revealed here Tuesday.
Under the nation-wide anti-measles campaign, all Tanzanian children from the age of one to five years would be assembled in dispensaries and health centres to be vaccinated against the disease.
Tanzania would be the first among eight African countries to benefit from the UNICEF/WHO initiative, whose second phase would take place early September.
WHO estimates that Tanzania has attained more than 80 per cent in the immunisation of children below five years against polio and other diseases since the vaccination crusade was launched in 1988.
However, health officials and international organisations such as WHO and UNICEF fear that the gains in the immunisation campaign could be eroded in Tanzania because of the fast- spreading HIV/AIDS pandemic.
According WHO studies, measles coverage is still below 50 per cent in 14 countries.
These include Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo and Djibouti.
Others are Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Senegal, Somalia and Togo.

31 july 2001 13:47:00

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