Massive Angola measles campaign to vaccinate 7 million children nationwide
Tens of thousands mobilized to assist in campaign
WHO: Vice Ministry of Health, Carol Bellamy, the campaign mascot, Estrelinha (Red Star)
What: Carol Bellamy will visit Angola as the Vice-Ministry of Health and thousands of health workers and teachers begin the huge endeavor of innoculating seven million children aged nine months to 15 years.
When: 21 April - 25 April Bellamy will visit the central Angolan Province of Bie and its capital Kuito. The nationwide campaign will be carried out from April 21 to May 19. A press conference in Luanda is also being planned.
Where: The mobilization campaign must reach all 18 provinces and 164 municipalities, giving the campaign blanket coverage across Angola.
How: Nearly 30,000 people will be involved in the campaign spearheaded by multiple departments of the Angolan Government, with key support from UNICEF, WHO and all sectors of society, including churches and young people themselves. One hundred thousand pamphlets have been written and distributed to educate mobilizers, vaccinators, teachers, and children. Radio broadcasts will go out in 12 indigenous languages, TV spots are ready for broadcast, and traditional village leaders galvanized to use their enormous influence with rural populations. UNICEF and Angola's Ministry of Health have recruited and trained 24,000 vaccinators nationwide and 35,000 teachers have been recruited as advocates and educators for the Measles Campaign.
For further information, please contact:
Patricia Cervantes, Head of Information UNICEF Angola, (244) 91-501 943 firstname.lastname@example.org
James Elder, Communications Officer UNICEF Angola (244) 91 - 219 524 email@example.com
Jose Luis Mendonca, Information Officer UNICEF Angola (244) 2 - 332348 (ext 409) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohammad Jalloh, UNICEF Media, 212) 326-7516 e-mail email@example.com
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, 212) 326 - 7452 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org