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Emergency vaccination campaign along the Somali-Kenyan border.flv

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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2011

From 25-29 July, the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, WHO Kenya and Somalia, and UNICEF Kenya and Somalia, carried out successfully an emergency vaccination campaign along the Somali-Kenyan border for children living in the communities around Dadaab.
The overall routine immunization coverage in this cross-border area is low, and the risk of disease outbreaks is high because many Somali refugee children coming from Southern parts of Somalia have not had access to vaccine services for the last two years.
Under the lead of WHO, various stakeholders were brought together to organize this vaccination campaign. The campaign targeted about 215,000 children under five years of age, with measles and polio vaccines, together with vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets. This campaign is part of an effort to ensure all children in the Horn of Africa drought-affected areas are vaccinated against a killer disease like measles, which can be particularly deadly for malnourished children, and also be protected from polio.
Coverage result were as follows: measles - 99%; OPV -97%; Vit A -- 94% and deworming -98%.

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