More than 8 million young people to be vaccinated against Measles and Rubella
“Annually over 30 million people around the world fall ill with measles, and 875 000 die of this infection” - Public health care statistics of World Health Organization.
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 12 November 2007 - Today the national campaign on measles and rubella immunization (vaccination) has been officially launched at a rural health care center of Khasanbay community, Tashkent district of Tashkent region. The campaign will cover more than eight million young people the residents of Uzbekistan aged 11 - 29.
The campaign will run from 12 to 25 November 2007. The Ministry of Health hosted the press conference with participation of the representatives of the Children's Fund of United Nations (UNICEF) and the World health Organization (WHO) which provided technical assistance to the campaign.
As Dr. Nedret Emirogli, Acting Director of public health care programs, WHO/Europe, stated: “The government of Uzbekistan has developed a national plan on measles and rubella elimination and on congenital rubella infection prevention by 2010 in compliance with the strategy of WHO European Bureau. Mass-scale measles and rubella immunization campaigns will reduce morbidity rate with these diseases”.
Reza Hossainy, the Head of UNICEF Representative office in Uzbekistan, specified the role of the campaign for youth, and noted: “Mass-scale immunization campaign is of great importance for young people to enjoy their right to health and is a reliable protection of the community from measles and rubella spreading.”
Taking into consideration the quality and effectiveness of the given action, the Ministry of Health along with WHO and UNICEF technical support has had a series of trainings for the health care workers who will be directly involved into campaign implementation.
15 000 workers of a primary health care sector have been trained. These trainings covered the most urgent topics related to the work with the population, safe immunization practice, vaccine management and immunization techniques. These health care workers will be involved into campaign as the members of mobile teams and territorial health care facilities in all the regions of the country.
Prior to the campaign, UNICEF and partner organizations like the Creative journalists association and the Network of non-governmental TV studios launched the program on social mobilization and public awareness. Within the framework of this program orientation meetings for more than 700 journalists on the ground were held. Half a million of posters, more than three million of leaflets were developed and distributed. Popular show stars were involved into production of TV PSA for social mobilization and attraction to immunization of as many young people as possible.
Note for the editors:
Economic reasons in favor of investments into measles and rubella immunization remain irrefutable. This immunization is the most cost efficient in the field of public health care interventions expressed in quantity of the rescued lives of children and adults. The vaccine which has been in use for over 30 years and costs about 400 Uzbek soums, also includes the equipment for vaccination.
For more information please contact:
Dilorom Tursunova, leading expert on immunization and prevention, Uzbekistan Ministry of Health, tel.: 139-47-21
Dilyafruz Khudaykulova, Immunization program assistant, World Health Organization, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rustam Haydarov, Communication and marketing Officer of National flour fortification program, UNICEF, Uzbekistan, email: email@example.com
Umid Khudaykulov, Immunization Officer, UNICEF, Uzbekistan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org