Panafrican News Agency

Mali: Mali begins 4th edition of African vaccination week

Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government on Friday launched the 4th edition of the African vaccination week along with activities for the national vaccination day.

From 2 to 5 May, through the door-to-door strategy, health workers are expected to vaccinate about 7.2 million children from 0 to 59 months all over the country. The overall amount for the campaign is estimated at over 1.4 billion CFAF.

The Malian health authorities have for days initiated an awareness campaign aimed at sensitizing households to receive the mobile teams.

The slogan for the campaign is: "Parents, the extended campaign of immunization offers you the chance to protect your children from 11 diseases before the age of one year. Do them completely."

Despite the progress made in the eradication of several diseases, the health situation in Mali is still facing infectious and parasitic diseases and a high level of morbidity and mortality within children and women.

The health authorities say although Mali has not recorded a case of wild poliomyelitis in the past three years, vigilance and protection against the disease must be tightened.

Despite the efforts of the government and its partners, the rate of sensitization of parents with regard to the vaccination still remains below the 90% mark recommended by the World Health Organization to ensure the efficiency of the communication and mobilization channels.
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