Nearly 200 000 Rohingya children received the second dose of Cholera vaccine

WHO Bangladesh/ C. Bercaru

The second phase of Cholera vaccination campaign was conducted among the newly arrived Rohingya communities in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban, Bangladesh. It, covered 199 472 children aged one to below five years old while 236 696 children aged below five years old also received a second dose of Polio vaccine.

The six days campaign that started on the 4th of November was implemented by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with support from WHO, UNICEF, the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, IOM, UNHCR and local and international NGO’s.

This campaign followed a vaccination campaign in September, when children have been immunized against Measles and Rubella receiving also the first dose of Polio vaccine and the first phase of a massive Cholera vaccination campaign from October that provided one dose of vaccine to more than 700 000 people aged above one year. 900 000 doses of oral cholera vaccine were mobilized from the International Coordinating Group (ICG) following a risk assessment conducted by MoHFW, with the support from WHO, UNICEF, IOM and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in late September. GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance also provided financial support.

For the recently concluded campaign, 170 vaccination teams have been mobilized to provide additional protection for children, the most vulnerable groups, against two highly contagious and deadly diseases, Polio and Cholera. WHO and UNICEF supported MoHFW to train nearly 500 public health workers and volunteers from international organizations, local and international NGO’s. Technical support together with partners was also provided for micro-plans development, preparation, implementation and monitor of the cholera vaccine campaign.

WHO remain committed to supporting the Government of Bangladesh to address health challenges of the newly-arrived communities, to protect and save lives and support implementation of emergency response in accordance with the full scale of the current situation.