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Somalia, 25 November 2016: UNICEF to vaccinate over 50,000 children in Kismayo following measles outbreak

© Jubaland Ministry of Health
Supplies to support the measles campaign arriving at Kismayo Airport.

KISMAYO, Somalia November 2016 – UNICEF is supporting a planned mass immunization campaign to vaccinate 54,000 children aged between nine months and ten years following a measles outbreak in Kismayo town.So far 352 measles cases have been recorded in Kismayo – most of them children.

UNICEF is supporting the delivery of 5500 measles vaccines along with Vitamin A supplementation for the campaign. UNICEF has delivered to the Kismayo General Hospital three months’ worth of essential medicines and other lifesaving health supplies as well as three freezers for the cold chain storage for vaccines for the mass vaccination campaign which will also include Vitamin A.

The supplies were received by regional Jubaland Ministry of Health on behalf of the Hospital.

The response is supported through funding for vaccines by Office of US Disaster Assistance and the Japanese Government while the medicines and equipment were procured against multi donor funding mostly by DFID, Finland, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and USAID.



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