6 January 2013

Somalia: Vaccination Campaign Reaches Nearly 700,000 Somalis

A joint campaign by health ministries, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Health Organisation and other partners in Somalia immunised an estimated 275,000 children and 394,000 women in northern Somalia in December, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced in a bulletin Friday (January 4th).

The campaign sent 442 teams to 26 districts to immunise women and children against measles, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, to administer Albendazole de-worming drugs and vitamin A supplements, and to provide other critical health interventions where necessary.

The numbers reflect results in the northeast and northwest of Somalia, where the two-phase campaign has been completed. Immunisation efforts are still under way in Mogadishu.

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