Vaccination Campaign

Posted on 27 August 2002

Categories: News

More than 11 500 children were vaccinated against polio and 7650 against measles as part of a vaccination drive organized by UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of Congo and supported by Terre Sans Frontières through its Avions Sans Frontières project.

The role of Avions Sans Frontières consisted mainly in assuring the transportation of vaccines and medicines, since the poor state of the roads makes it impossible to reach a good number of places by land. Ten health divisions spread over 100,000 square kilometres, with a total population of 1,4 million people, were visited. Out of a total of 231 health centres, 202 were served by the project, and 131 were used as centres of vaccinations.This operation completed the campaign started in 2000, which had been interrupted in the Poko region because of the passage of army groups and the flight of many people into the bush. The project, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency, helped write guidelines for the training of health personnel in six health divisions of Upper Uele in the north of Congo. According to the World Health Organisation, 11 million children have been inoculated against polio in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cases of polio reached an all-time Iow in the world in 2001, with only 537 cases reported.

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