Azerbaijan joins European Immunization Week
Azerbaijan has joined an internationally-supported European immunization campaign together with other 32 countries to ensure the right of every child to live free from vaccine-preventable diseases.
The European Immunization Week – the initiative of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe to promote immunization programmes – was held in Azerbaijan for a second time in partnership with the WHO, UNICEF and the Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation from 21 to 27 April to increase immunization coverage.
The primary aim of the EIW in Azerbaijan is to reach children under the age of six who have not been fully immunized against a set of diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis. It is also designed to increase public awareness about the importance of immunization.
The Azerbaijani government implements a national immunization plan to immunize children against nine vaccine-preventable diseases free of charge. The country first joined the EIW in 2007 to complement the list of 25 European nations supporting the initiative.
Held for the first time in 2005, EIW uses the power of advocacy and targeted communication to boost awareness and increase the success of immunization programmes. During EIW, countries across the Region put immunization in the spotlight. From Tajikistan in the East to Ireland in the West, debates, workshops, trainings, exhibitions, education and media events highlight the importance of immunization, providing clear and evidence-based information.
The government of Azerbaijan started its first massive immunization campaigns in 1994-1995 against diphtheria and poliomyelitis. With the support of international organizations, including UNICEF, the country was certified polio free in 2002. Azerbaijan is currently on track to achieve full elimination of measles and rubella with three million children and young people immunized in early 2006. The current challenge is to hold another massive immunization campaign against diphtheria following four infection cases in 2007.
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