National Health Week, 26 to 30 November 2012
© UNICEF Mozambique/2012
National Health Week will take place in all health units in the country and mobile health brigades will visit villages and communities from 26 to 30 November.
Maputo, Mozambique, 26 November 2012 – The Mozambican Health Ministry has launched a nationwide "Health Week" starting on Monday the 26 November. During the week, all involved partners will cooperate to offer interventions aiming to improve the health of more than four million children under the age of five, and almost a million of women of reproductive age.
In all of the country, all children up to the age of five will be vaccinated against polio, children aged from six to 59 months will receive essential Vitamin A supplements, and children that are more than one year old will be dewormed.
Information campaigning and social mobilization has been carried out over the past 30 days to inform parents and other care givers such as teachers, community leaders, the private sector, political parties and religious leaders, of the need to ensure that all children receive the polio vaccination and the vitamin A supplement, which are essential for strengthening the immune system of children, protecting them against disease.
Additionally, all people of reproductive age are invited to attend counseling sessions on family planning where they will receive contraceptives of their choice during the entire week.
The initiative will take place in all health units in the country and mobile health brigades will visit villages and communities from 26 to 30 November.
Among the international bodies supporting the Health Week are UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the British Department for International Development (DFID), and the NGOs Save the Children and Hellen Keller International.
For more information, please contact
Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100;