500,000 children in Nepal to receive measles vaccination

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4-year-old girl receives a measles and rubella vaccination. Her mother brought her to the health post from their temporary shelter. Photo: UNICEF/Panday

More than half a million children in Nepal are being targeted in an emergency measles vaccination drive supported by the UN.

Fears are growing of outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since an earthquake devastated the country in April.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Measles is very contagious and potentially deadly.

Before the earthquake struck on 25 April, only one in ten children in Nepal was vaccinated against the disease.

There are now fears that it could spread quickly in the often crowded conditions in the improvised camps where many children are now living following the tremor.

In the first wave of the emergency response, teams are working to immunize children under the age of five in informal settlements in three densely populated districts in Kathmandu Valley. 

The drive will continue in the nine other districts worst-hit by the earthquake.

It's expected more than 500,000 children will be immunized.

The UN Children's Fund says around 1.7 million children remain in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the worst-hit areas of Nepal.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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