MAPUTO, 29 July 2005 – The International Measles Partnership welcomes the start of the National Immunisation Campaign, which Mozambique’s Deputy Health Minister Dr. Aida Libombo is expected to kick off in the Northern Region of Mozambique in Nampula this Monday. The International Measles Partnership includes UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Red Cross, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the UN Foundation.
Throughout Mozambique, around nine million children will be vaccinated against measles and polio and will receive Vitamin A supplements. All children between nine months and 14 years will receive a vaccination against measles; children under five year will also be vaccinated against polio; as a third component of the campaign, children between six months and 5 years will receive Vitamin A supplementation.
Over the last three months, a nation-wide social mobilisation campaign involving the media has been carried out aiming at informing all parents, other caregivers, teachers and social workers, the private sector, community leaders and religious and from political parties about the need to have their children vaccinated against measles and polio, and provide them with Vitamin A, which is very important to strengthen the immunisation system of children against illnesses.
The immunisation campaign in the provinces of the Northern Region between 1 and 6 August will be followed by the provinces of the Central Region from 15 to 20 August. The provinces of the Southern Region will have their immunisation days from 5 to 10 September.
For further information, please contact:
Mouzinho Saide, National Director for Health, Ministry of Health
(cel 082 967 2710) email@example.com
Lúcia Linares, Medical Epidiomologist, WHO Mozambique (cel 082 311 9620)
Gabriel Pereira – Assistant Public Affairs Officer, UNICEF Mozambique (cel 082 316 5390)