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Uganda, December 2015: Government and partners launch measles campaign

By Cassim Ddumba

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Hon. Minister of State for PHC holding, a child while launching the mass measles campaign

The Government recently launched a national mass measles campaign targeting 6,929,680 children between 6-59 months of age.

Measles remains one of the leading causes of death among vaccine preventable childhood diseases.

Speaking at the launch, State Minister for Health Sarah Opendi noted that measles is one of the disease widely known in Uganda, but mothers never seek medical care when their children develop it.

The total Cost of the campaign is 33.9 Billion Uganda shillings, funded by the Measles Rubella Initiative (MRI), the Global Alliance for Vaccination Initiative (GAVI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Uganda.

Critical to the prevention and eradication of measles outbreak, is community mobilization which UNICEF emphasizes to reach different stakeholders. Such avenues enhance acceptability and utilization of health related services.

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The Director General of Health Services holding the 2nd child receiving measles vaccine during the launch

The National measles campaign was launched on the 2nd October 2015 at Humura Church of Uganda playground in Kyegegwa District, Western Uganda

In its continuous fulfillment of obligation of ensuring that communities are mobilized for health action UNICEF provided financial supported to Ministry of Health to conduct the National launch for the measles campaign.

The successful launch was attended by representatives from Ministry of Health, development partners, the top leadership of the district including the Chairman and his executive, the Resident District Commissioner, District Councilors and Area Members of Parliament.

Minister Opendi informed the gathering that vaccination is one of the key strategies that the Ministry of Health is implementing in its roadmap to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goal four, which is the reduction of child mortality by two thirds.

The Minister appealed to all parents and caretakers to continuously take their children to health facilities and community outreaches for routine vaccination against all childhood killer diseases until they complete the recommended immunization schedule.

 

 
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