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Additional doses of life-saving polio vaccine arrive to Tajikistan

© UNICEF Tajikistan / Sodiqov / 2010
Life-saving polio vaccine unloaded at the Dushanbe airport to be quickly delivered to all health facilities around the country.

DUSHANBE, 28 May 2010 – Almost 6.4 million doses of UNICEF-procured oral polio vaccine (OPV) were delivered to Dushanbe today. Over the next few days, the vaccine will be distributed to all health facilities throughout the country for another two rounds of the national immunisation campaign against polio.

Ayadil Saparbekov, Chief of Health and Nutrition in UNICEF Tajikistan, said: “I would like to urge all parents to vaccinate their children during the National Immunisation Days to protect them from polio.”

This is already the second shipment of UNICEF-procured polio vaccine to Tajikistan, following the delivery of almost four million doses of OPV on 27 April 2010. The last shipment of the vaccine was used to immunise more than 1.1 million children during the first and second rounds of the national immunisation drive against polio.

© UNICEF Tajikistan / Sodiqov / 2010
UNICEF staff and Ministry of Health officials stand ready at the Dushanbe airport to begin unloading the newly arrived plane with life-saving polio vaccine.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact:

Alexander Sodiqov, UNICEF Tajikistan Communication Officer
Tel.: +992 (918) 31 00 57



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