UNICEF / AFGHANISTAN MEASLES VACCINES

20-Sep-2021 00:01:04
Measles vaccination supplies were prepared for transportation from the Herat city warehouse to Ghor province Department of Health on Sunday. 30,000 doses of the vaccine in addition to 60,000 doses of vitamin A in addition to syringes were provided to Mobile Health & Nutrition Teams in three districts in Ghor reaching more than 3,400 children under-five. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / AFGHANISTAN MEASLES VACCINES
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SOURCE: UNICEF
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LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2021, HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
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1.Wide shot, tracking shot measles vaccines cold box is being carried into a van in preparation to transport it from the Herat warehouse to Ghor Province.
2.Wide shot, easles vaccines cold box is being carried into a van
3. Wide shot, cold storage box with Measles vaccine
4. Close up, cold storage box with Measles vaccine
5. Med shot, various containers and cold boxes interior at the Herat city warehouse.
6. Wide shot, vaccine boxes loaded into a van in preparation for transport.
7. Wide shot, vaccine boxes loaded into a van in preparation for transport.
8. Wide shot, man carrying vaccine boxes in preparation for transport.
9. Med shot, van loaded with vaccines and supplies
10. Wide shot, man loading vaccine supplies into van in preparation for transport.
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On Sunday (19 Sep), measles vaccination supplies were prepared for transportation from the Herat city warehouse to Ghor province Department of Health. 30,000 doses of the vaccine in addition to 60,000 doses of vitamin A in addition to syringes were provided to Mobile Health & Nutrition Teams in three districts in Ghor reaching more than 3,400 children under-five.

Afghanistan is currently facing an alarming measles outbreak. Measles has spread like wildfire amongst children in Afghanistan due to low routine vaccinations coverage, high rates of malnutrition and families fleeing conflict and drought. Measles is more contagious than Ebola and lingers in the air and on surfaces for long periods of time.

Only half of the children under the age of one in Afghanistan have been fully vaccinated.

The number of cases increased from 13,000 in all of 2020 to 55,000 in only the first eight months of this year. Most of the diagnosed cases are concentrated in the south and southeast provinces where the routine vaccination coverage is also very low compared to other parts of the country. It is likely that the actual figures for this year are higher as reporting of new cases has been hampered by the instability of the past few weeks.

UNICEF, with partners, is preparing for a country-wide measles vaccination campaign to control the outbreaks. While UNICEF does have a stock of measles vaccines in the country as part of the routine EPI vaccines, UNICEF urgently requires $8 million to pay for the community outreach teams and vaccinators that will be conducting the vaccination campaign.
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