Jul 30, 2010

An outbreak of poliomyelitis in Tajikistan

In the wake of conflict, polio immunization campaign protects children in Krygyzstan

© UNICEF/2010/Bayalinova
A vaccinator in Kyrgyzstan gives oral polio vaccine to young children during a national immunization campaign organized to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
By Galina Solodunova
TOICHEBEK-CHEK, Kyrgyzstan, 27 July 2010 – An outbreak of poliomyelitis in Tajikistan earlier this year is potentially threatening the health of children across the border in southern Kyrgyzstan. In the wake of the ethnic violence that tore through the region in June, communities here are coming together in support of a national immunization campaign to protect children from the deadly disease.
In the multi-ethnic village of Toichebek-Chek, situated in Djalal-Abad Province, community leaders are spreading the word about the campaign. Marip Tashlanov, the head of the village health committee, has visited individual households with his team to ensure that families know when and where to take their young children for their vaccinations.
The health committee meets in a room at the village mosque with support from Mullah Egesh Makhamadali, who takes an active part in all health campaigns and encourages local mothers to bring their sons and daughters for routine immunization.
Promoting health and harmony Leer más  http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/kyrgyzstan_55281.html
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