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Uploaded on Sep 10, 2008
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 4 September 2008 -- In a country such as Tanzania, where most families survive on less than $1 a day, special medical care is an unaffordable luxury. Thanks to the government's efforts, however, most services are now free of charge in its health facilities countrywide.
Still, due to a lack of skilled health workers and adequate facilities, patients must walk long distances and contend with long queues to get essential services.
The recent launch of a three-day national integrated campaign was therefore a welcome event for mothers and children here. The UNICEF-supported campaign provided four life-saving interventions for children: measles vaccine, vitamin A supplementation, de-worming tablets and long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets to prevent malaria. The government also dispensed oral polio vaccine at border posts and other strategically located centres.