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2008.04.22

* GAVI Alliance works to protect more children from preventable diseases
* 시간: 2분 57초
* 11 Apr 2008

20-year-old Neema Mbegalo brings her first baby Muranaidi to the vaccination clinic for his first shots.
Like all other hospitals and health clinics in Tanzania, Morogoro Regional Hospital offers free routine immunisation to all children under five. Despite being born in one of the poorest countries in the world, more than 90 per cent of Tanzanian children -- like Muranaidi -- benefit from protection against polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and Hepatitis B.

The Tanzanian government’s efforts are supported by the GAVI Alliance which brings together all the key partners in immunisation including UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, governments, NGOs, the vaccine manufacturers and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Soundbite: Heimo Laakkonen, UNICEF Representative in Tanzania
“I think that partnerships and alliances are always important because governments alone or any one of the agencies alone are not strong enough to provide the support. The broader the better.”

As well as improved coordination, recent support from the GAVI Alliance has helped Tanzania improve its supply chain ensuring vaccines and equipment get to health clinics on time and at the right temperature. Even the most remote communities can be reached by health workers using these motorcycles.

But in spite of all these efforts, children are still getting infected with life-threatening diseases that could also be easily prevented through vaccination.

Soundbite: Dan Thomas GAVI Alliance spokesperson
“In this modern world there is absolutely no excuse for not giving children in a country like this the same protection against diseases as we give children in richer countries. The GAVI Alliance is working with the Government of Tanzania to add the Hib Meningitis vaccine to its routine package of immunisation for all children – hopefully as early as next year. We’re also working with the vaccine manufacturers and government donors to provide a pneumococcal vaccine which will have the potential to literally half the number of deaths from childhood pneumonia.”

The introduction of new vaccines as well as predictable, long-term funding for immunisation and strong health systems is key to protecting millions of children like Jaziru from diseases which can be prevented.

In Morogoro, Tanzania this is Jacqueline Namfua reporting for UNICEF Television. UNITE FOR CHILDREN.

 

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