West Africa: Immunization gets a boost as Ebola retreats

| May 18, 2015

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As the Ebola threat diminishes, authorities are revitalizing essential health-care services in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

To coincide with World Immunization Week, the three governments have launched a campaign to immunize 3 million children against diseases such as measles and polio. The campaign is supported by international agencies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF.

Tim Irwin is a spokesperson for UNICEF West Africa. He says: “The reduction in the number of cases [of Ebola] has allowed for the resumption of … immunizations … [We] have supported the governments in the reopening of schools.”

Mr. Irwin adds: “UNICEF trained a former Ebola sensitization team to go door-to-door explaining to parents that the vaccinations for measles were safe, essential, and not related to Ebola in any way.”

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