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3rd & Final phase of Measles Rubella Campaign

© UNICEF Nepal/2012/SShrestha
Chief Guest hands over a vaccination kit to a health worker to mark the launch of the 3rd phase of the MR campaign
The third phase of the measles rubella vaccination campaign in the country was launched today by the Minister for Health & Population Mr. Rajendra Mahato by lighting the traditional lamp, handing over a vaccination kit to a health worker, and by releasing a banner and balloons. The ceremony attended by representatives from the Ministry and Department of Health, from Lions International, Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, Red Cross, as well as volunteers and school children, was held in Basantapur in Hanuman Dhoka following a rally that had wound its way through the main alleys of Kathmandu City. 

The MR campaign which was launched in February this year with the target of inoculating 9.9 million children aged from 9 months to 15 years old across the country, is by far the largest and most ambitious public health campaign ever conducted in Nepal. The first phase covered 15 districts in the mid and far western regions reaching over 1.8 million children with 102.8% coverage. The second phase covered 25 districts in the mid western and western regions reaching a total of 2.6million children. The third and final phase of the MR campaign is aimed at covering 5.5 million children in the remaining 35 districts of the country—in the central and eastern regions. 

The campaign which is a month long, will have booths in schools and health institutions and makes special effort to reach the unreached children, especially in the urban areas. In Kathmandu district alone The District Public Health Office of Kathmandu alone is mobilising and army of 5200 vaccinators and 6000 volunteers to reach 658,000 children aged 9 months to 15 years. More than 300,000 of these are children who are studying in over 800 schools, over 100,000 of these are children who are out of school, who are working, or living in the streets, and another 16,000 children are those living in shelters and orphanages.

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