Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vaccination Campaign of Historic Proportions

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has recently been implementing a project that was in the works for over a year. They have organized an initiative involving 1,750 health volunteers in 885 locations throughout the Central African Republic. With a goal to reach 800,000 children under the age of 5, UNICEF has been administering vaccinations for measles, passing out soap to help prevent diarrhea, and distributing treated mosquito nets to reduce the risk of malaria. An extensive multimedia awareness campaign has been proven effective as health centers across the country have reported long lines of mothers and children waiting for vaccinations.
Source: UN News Centre