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2007.08.27

* UNICEF Indonesia reaches remote areas in massive immunization drive
* 10 Aug 2007

Deep in the heart of Indonesian Borneo.

Where many of the people live in remote villages. Like Haratai village high up in the mountains. Its early morning and people are going about their everyday tasks.

But for Riniyati and her daughter Tresia, today will be different. Today they will go to the village long house and 11month old will receive the same health protection that children in receive in towns and cities across this vast island. About an hour away UNICEF’s Dr. Wibowo and a team from the local government health department are making there way up the mountain carrying with them life saving vaccines. Not far behind parents are bringing their children to the makeshift immunization post. Coming from neighbouring villages several miles away.

The vaccine has also travelled far… from the factory in west java they were flown to the provincial capital where they were sent by road to district health offices and then carried by hand up to this remote outpost. What was once a communal living area is now a temporary immunization centre. And this is where Tresia will get her free measles and polio immunization as well as vitamin A.

SOT: Voice of: Dr. Wibowo/ UNICEF Project Officer  “Indonesia has just suffered from a polio outbreak last year. It was a very big outbreak and now there’s a chance to give an additional during this opportunity. And measles is very important because the main cause of children deaths in this country is because of diarrhoea and pneumonia and so through measles vaccination those two complications can be prevented.”

Measles kills more than 30-thousand children every year in Indonesia. UNICEF with funding from the American Red Cross is working with the Indonesian ministry of health to save these children from this disease ….one of the most preventable of its kind known to man.

But finding each child and making sure parents know about the campaign and why it’s important is not easy. Dr. Wibowo goes door to door talking to families and checking if the children have been immunized. The campaign is also carried out in schools, where children up to the age of 12 receive either their first or second dose of measles vaccine.

These children are among the 14 million who have been immunized this year and it is vital that the campaign continues to ensure that each and every child gets the protection they deserve. And this means reaching even the remotest areas. The vaccine now makes its way down Borneo’s Barito River. Where Dr. Wibowo and health workers will stop at more villages along the way…. Protecting more children from diseases that cripple, blind and all too often take children’s lives all to

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