Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso on Tuesday officially launched the national vaccination campaign against measles in Ouargaye, 225 km east of Ouagadougou.
Organised in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and the US Red Cross, the two-week campaign targets more than five million children aged between 9 months and 14 years old.
The cost of the campaign is estimated at 2 billion FCFA (over 2 million US dollars).
Measles kills thousands of children in Burkina Faso every year, and the current campaign targets at least 95 percent of Burkinabe children.
Among other mobilisation strategies to reach this objective, the extended vaccination programme (PEV) launched an anti-measles caravan which left Ouagadougou 15 December.
This caravan is intended to sensitise populations located on the main Ouagadougou-Ouargaye road passing through Mogtedo, Zorgho, Koupela-Tenkodogo and Ouargaye.