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2009.05.13

* UNICEF and PAHO support immunization across Latin America and the Caribbean
* 시간: 02 min 14 secs
* 촬영도시: Chaco
* 촬영국가: Paraguay
* 촬영일자: 26 Apr 2009


A massive effort is underway to vaccinate 30 million people in 44 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere.


It began in conjunction with the seventh annual Vaccination Week in the Americas, which kicked off with events in the South American Chaco region, along the border with Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.


Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, appearing in Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay, said it was a beautiful symbol for the three countries to raise their flags together and work to save lives.


"How beautiful, because I was thinking that the diseases of dengue and cholera don't have borders. How beautiful that we can break the borders to work together."


Emphasis this year is on reminding people that vaccination is a family affair, not only essential for preventing child deaths, but also for protecting adolescents, adults and senior citizens.


Another theme is protecting health workers in Latin America and the Caribbean. They work in high-risk areas but historically have low vaccination rates against hepatitis b, influenza, measles and rubella.


UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg noted that most countries in the region fought for their independence 200 years ago and invested in territorial sovereignty. He urged establishing a next generation bicentennial, by focusing on vaccinating all children for the next 18 years.


"What better act of sovereignty than to protect all citizens? One part of this protection of the  bicentennial generation is vaccination."


Other international events associated with vaccination week are taking place along the border areas of the United States and Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, Colombia and Brazil, and Peru, Bolivia and Chile, among others.

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