Private Sector Supports Immunisation Campaign
Maputo, 22 July 2005 - The national immunisation campaign in Mozambique is supported by a range of partners from the private sector and the civil society. Several companies, non-governmental and faith-based organisations as well as local associations in Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado provinces are contributing to make sure that the campaign, which is going to be initiated on 1 August 2005, will be a success. They provide material and storage room, and support the timely delivery of the vaccines.
The national immunisation campaign was officially launched by President Armando Emílio Guebuza on 7 April 2005, marking the beginning of a nation-wide social mobilisation effort to ensure that no child is left out. The first round from 1 to 7 August covers the northern provinces of Nampula, Niassa and Cabo Delgado.
The aim has been to ensure the active participation and support of all sectors of the society in this process. Companies’ and organisations’ knowledge of the conditions on the ground have proven to be invaluable assets to meet the logistical challenges.
The Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO have welcomed the broad participation of all segments of the society in the campaign, expressing specific appreciations to the private sector and media groups, whose contributions complement efforts to pre-position vaccines, inform the public about the campaign and train the thousands of health workers and supervisors who are carrying out the vaccination itself.
“The success of the campaign depends on the involvement of all sectors of the society, which includes partners of the health sector, economic agents, political, religious and community leaders, and mass media”, Health Minister Paulo Ivo Garrido said.