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Government of Turkmenistan is committed to give the best start in life for children

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Immunization is key to a healthy start in life

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 23 March 2006 – The Government of Turkmenistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF for procurement of life saving vaccines, drugs and other medical supplies. With the signing of the agreement the government has reiterated its commitment to protect children from various forms of vaccine preventable diseases.

During the next four years (2006-2009), UNICEF will assist the Government of Turkmenistan in procuring all vital immunization supplies to the primary series of vaccination against measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and poliomyelitis to children under two years old.

"Signing of MoU for securing high quality vaccines and other essential medical supplies is a major step forward on the part of the Government of Turkmenistan in meeting children's rights for health. This clearly demonstrates government commitment to sustain the progress already made in the public health field and move further for ultimate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which are all about children,” stated the UNICEF Turkmenistan Representative Mahboob Shareef. “UNICEF remains committed in providing quality essential supplies for children at an affordable cost through one of the most advanced and largest procurement services UNICEF maintains in Copenhagen," Mr. Shareef added.     

Partnership of the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF on immunization started in 1994 when the Government signed an agreement called the Vaccine Independence Initiative that established systems whereby Turkmenistan began receiving their full requirements of vaccines needed for the primary series of National Immunization Programme. In 2002, Turkmenistan introduced universal infant immunization against viral hepatitis B. Since then Turkmenistan became fully self-sufficient in vaccines procurement and sustained 98% of immunization coverage for its children.

The Government-UNICEF collaboration in the field of immunization is not limited to vaccines procurement only. UNICEF with participation of other UN and international organizations has provided support to the Government of Turkmenistan in polio eradication, training on immunization programme management, safe immunization practices, upgrading existing cold chain facilities, and development of a computerized monitoring system for vaccine distribution and utilization.

UNICEF serves as a global leader in vaccine supply, reaching millions of children in developing countries. It ensures that governments make immunization as a top priority and it has also helped developing countries to finance immunization. UNICEF was at the forefront of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) that aims at strengthening immunization systems and increasing access to new and under-used vaccines.

More information on UNICEF’s Immunization programme can be found in the UNICEF Immuzation section of the global web site.


For further information, please contact

Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova

UNICEF Communication Officer

Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86

Fax: +99312 420830


Web: UNICEF Turkmenistan





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