AZERBAIJAN: campaign to protect three million against measles and rubella
The main goal of the mass immunization campaign is to cover all children, adolescents and young people who are susceptible to measles and rubella, and interrupt the transmission of the diseases in
More than 6,600 vaccination centres are being equipped in readiness for the campaign and 4,800 health workers are being mobilised. Mobile teams are already fanning out across the country to find those who have never been immunised before or those who live in areas that are hard to reach.
The campaign is a key part of
“It is unacceptable for children to suffer from life-long birth defects such as deafness and blindness from congenital rubella syndrome when we have an effective, safe and inexpensive vaccine,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in
“The needs of children are ignored at a great cost to the well being of society, and the needs of children in Azerbaijan and throughout the world are urgent,” said Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, the world famous cellist and conductor, and founder of the Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation, who will kick off the campaign on Monday. “Perhaps each of us can do only small part for the health of children, but collectively our efforts are beginning to make a difference. There is so much more to do, and we must do it now.”
Support from UNICEF, WHO and Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich FoundationUNICEF, with the support of the Center for Disease Control, has provided $1.8 million for the Government campaign -- $1.65 million for supplies and $150,000 for social mobilization, including training, briefings and workshops for national and local partners. UNICEF has also provided technical support in planning, supply procurement, cold chain maintenance and communication.
WHO has provided technical assistance in planning and reviewing the different aspects of the campaign at national and district levels on safety immunization practices, vaccine coverage, surveillance, training, development of training materials and an adverse events following immunization (AEFI) surveillance system.
The Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation has provided technical support in planning, supply procurement, cold chain maintenance, trainings of health personnel and social mobilization efforts, and financial support amounting to $1.1 million.
For more information:Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer, UNICEF