WHO plans, supports delivery of life-saving vaccinations to 150 000 children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Emergency vaccination saves lives. In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh a joint WHO- and Ministry of Health-planned immunization campaign is giving 150 000 children protection from measles, rubella and polio – diseases that threaten to take hold where overcrowding and inadequate access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene are present.
The emergency vaccination campaign, which started on 16 September and is being conducted in makeshift and spontaneous settlements across Cox’s Bazar, is also supported by UNICEF Bangladesh.
WHO Surveillance and Immunization Medical Officers have monitored the mass campaign’s implementation, supporting the efforts of 84 teams across 68 settlements.
Each morning the vaccines are taken from one of two distribution points, then counted, labelled and loaded in to vehicles.
Ensuring the vaccines stay at a temperature of between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius is vital. Otherwise they spoil and their life-saving benefits are missed.
Rutted roads and inclement weather are challenges that vaccinators have encountered and overcome.
So too is the fear of syringes among children.
The health needs of vulnerable populations in Cox’s Bazar are immense. WHO is on the ground and working with the Ministry of Health and partner agencies to provide immediate and ongoing support.