UNICEF Serbia conference during European Immunization Week
Belgrade, 22 April 2008
On the occasion of the European Immunization Week, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut” organised the conference “Access to Immunization in Serbia” aimed at defining the current setbacks in the country's immunization system and providing recommendations for the future.
The Serbian Minister of Health, Dr. Tomica Milosavljevic, said that “today when we talk about immunization in Serbia we have to talk about the fact that vaccines are not available to all citizens evenly. The Roma population is especially vulnerable and many Roma children do not have access to proper vaccination.”
“Immunization has a long and successful history in Serbia. Excellent results have been achieved, and we have almost reached our goal. However, we need to make the last step and include the last few percent of children in the health system. Let us not forget that each and every child has the right to the highest possible standard of health care and that such right can not be fulfilled without proper immunization. We need to look for every child in Serbia that is out of the system and provide that child with protection against preventable diseases. Only when we make this last step, we will reach the goal”, said Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative for Serbia and Croatia.