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Government of Mozambique and partners satisfied with the results of national vaccination campaign

Minister Paulo Ivo Garrido announces final results that confirm the vaccination of around 8.2 million children

Maputo, 18 November 2005 - Around 8.2 million children have been reached during a recent national vaccination campaign in Mozambique, the Minister of Health, Dr. Paulo Ivo Garrido, announced in a press conference on Thursday evening in Maputo. He stated that a total of 8,189,159 children were vaccinated against measles, and 4,391,090 received a first dose and 4,305,987 received a second dose of polio vaccine. In addition, 3,398,535 children received vitamin A supplementation.  Dr. Bokar Touré and Leila Pakkala, the Representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF respectively, also participated in the press conference.

The objective of the national campaign was to contribute to the elimination of measles and to the eradication of polio as well as to the reduction of illnesses caused by Vitamin A deficiency in children.

The estimated population of Mozambique in 2005 is 19,420,036 inhabitants.  The target group for the measles vaccination was all children aged nine months to 14 years, a total of 8,476,450 children, which corresponds to 43.6% of the overall population.  The target group for the vaccination against polio was all children under the age of five, a total of 3,249,280 children which corresponds to 16.7% of the population.  The target group selected for the Vitamin A supplementation included all children between 6 months and younger than 5 years of age. 

The campaign was launched by President Armando Emílio Guebuza during a mass rally on 7 April 2005 in Mavalane A, a neighbourhood of the capital Maputo. The event was attended by a series of partners including UNICEF, WHO, the diplomatic corps, several distinguished personalities and the general public. 

The national vaccination campaign took place in two phases:  during the first round, children were vaccinated against measles and received a first dose of the polio vaccine in addition to Vitamin A supplementation.  The second phase took place a month later and only consisted of a second dose of polio vaccine. 

Implementation of the campaign was organised according to regions and adhered to the following dates: in the northern region which comprises the provinces of Niassa, Nampula and Cabo Delgado round one took place from 1-6 August and round two from 5-10 September; in the central region which is comprised of Zambézia, Tete, Manica and Sofala provinces round one took place from 15-20 August and round two from 19-23 September; and finally in the southern region which includes the provinces of Inhambane, Gaza, Maputo and Maputo City, round one was from 5-10 September and round two from 10-14 October 2005.   

The campaign included a huge social mobilisation in collaboration with the media aiming at informing all parents and other guardians of children, teachers, the private sector, community, religious and political leaders about the need to take children to receive vaccination against measles and polio in addition to receiving Vitamin A supplementation as an important step to strengthening children’s immune system against illnesses.              

The International Measles Partnership which includes the American Red Cross, UNICEF, WHO, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the UN Foundation welcomed the results achieved during the national vaccination campaign.        
Funds were made available by the Government of Mozambique through the state budget and the fund Pro Saúde as well as through the International Measles partnership. The total cost amounted to approximately US$8.5 million.

Civil society and the private sector in Mozambique supported the national vaccination campaign through financial contributions, and provision of transport and storage facilities for vaccines and other material which assured quick and efficient national coverage.

On behalf of the Government of Mozambique, the Minister of Health expressed gratitude to WHO, UNICEF, the International Measles Partnership, the cooperation partners of the Government of Mozambique, political parties, political and traditional leaders, non-governmental organisations, economic and social organisations, the media, and personalities who contributed to the production of TV spots, parents, teachers, children and young people, volunteers, health workers, and the community at large who all contributed to the success of the campaign. 


For further information, please contact:

Martinho Dgedge, Deputy National Director
 of Health and spokesperson
The Ministry of Health (mobile 82 326 0650)

Gloria Chonguiça, Communication Officer
World Health Organisation (mobile 82 313 1480)

Gabriel Pereira, Assistant Public Affairs Officer
UNICEF Mozambique (mobile 82 316 5390)





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