* UNICEF and partners extend Somalia Child Health Days across whole country.
* 시간: 02 min 29 secs
* 촬영도시: Wajid
* 촬영국가: Somalia
* 촬영일자: 24 Mar 2009
For the first time, children in Central and Southern Somalia are receiving life-saving vaccines and health services as part of a nation-wide Child Health Days Campaign.
In a country where routine immunization coverage is low, and basic health care services are scarce, UNICEF, together with WHO, local authorities, communities and NGO partners is implementing this large scale health outreach.
Every child under five is immunized against Measles, Polio, Diphtheria, Pertusis and Tetanus. They also receive Vitamin A and de-worming tablets.
Women of child-bearing age are being immunized to prevent neonatal Tetanus. The child survival package includes Oral Rehydration Salts and water treatment tablets.
Here in Wajid, Southern Somalia, families gathered from early morning to receive the free services.
Soundbite (Somali), Barey Issac, Mother of five:
"People came to our streets and announced with microphones that my children can be protected against Measles, and that I can be protected against Tetanus."
Child Health Days are crucial in the rural areas of Somalia where regular access to health services is extremely limited, especially for nomadic populations.
Soundbite (Somali), Mohamed Ibrahim Mokhtar, Vaccinator:
"Seventy per cent of the population are nomadic, who are always on the move, following the pasture and rain. They are not fixed in one location, so it is hard to reach them normally. But this campaign has many teams who reach out to cover almost every place, where there are villages and people."
With malnutrition rate in Somalia significantly above the emergency threshold, children's nutritional status is also assessed.
In a country where basic infrastructure is weak, more than 2,000 health workers are helping to make the campaign possible.