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Photo Essay: Children in Yemen receive measles and rubella vaccination with joy

Yazen Abdul Qawi, 6 years old, receiving measles and rubella vaccine at Wa'alan health centre in Bilad Ar Rus district, Sana'a governorate, with his father.

Sana’a, Yemen, 18 February 2019 – This month, a nationwide measles and rubella campaign was launched in all governorates in Yemen to make sure children between the ages of 6 months to 15 years are protected against preventable diseases. Many parents took their children to health centres and schools were health workers have been deployed to provide them with vaccines. The campaign also had mobile teams to reach children in remote areas.

Yazen, a 6-year-old boy, was brought by his father to Wa'alan health centre, in Bilad Ar Rus district of the capital city of Sana'a.

“Today I brought my child to be vaccinated against measles and rubella because our children are precious and we must protect them from any diseases that may affect them,” Yazen’s father said.

Community volunteers worked an extra mile to raise awareness and to educate parents on the importance of the measles and rubella vaccination ahead of the immunization campaign. As a result, the response and the number of children who were vaccinated was significantly high, reaching 92% of the targeted children during the campaign.

The measles and rubella campaign has been implemented by UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the national health authorities of Yemen, targeting 13 million children over a week with the support of 40,000 health workers and vaccinators, who strived to increase immunization coverage for children within their own communities.

Ammar Al-Muqrami has four daughters: Zuhour, Azhar, Nahar, Reham and they all got vaccinated at Zayed Hospital in Sana'a during the campaign.

“We all came today with my brother, mother, grandfather, after hearing the announcement about the measles campaign,” says Tahani Salah, 5 years old, who got vaccinated at Almaydan health centre in Aden.

Randa Nader,23 years old, is one of the mobile team members who took part in the campaign in Al-Badri area, Aden governorate. “As a mobile team member today, we are here in Al-Badri to immunize children against measles and rubella and we are getting a great response from the communities,” Randa says.

Ebtisam Berek is a communication for development volunteer in Al-Mukalla, Hadramaut governorate. “In this campaign, we aimed at reaching as many children as possible in all areas of Al-Mukalla. Parents are very active and engaged to make sure their children can get the vaccine on time and be protected against preventable diseases," Ebtisam highlights.



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