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WHO, UNICEF to conduct an awareness campaign on childhood vaccinations during European Immunization Week

Within the framework of the ” Vaccination Support ” project funded by the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launch a series of events in the European Immunization Week that will take place in Azerbaijan on 24-29 April 2023. According to WHO Country office, following WHO recommendations, the Ministry of Health has issued an order for the celebration of “Immunization Week” in all regions of Azerbaijan on April 6, 2023. In accordance with this order, monitoring sessions will be conducted with the technical support of WHO in 11 regions with particularly low vaccination coverage levels. Furthermore, WHO and UNICEF will be organizing parent conferences with organizational support of organizational support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (T?BIB) and the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance in Gobustan, Yevlakh, Goygol, Mingachevir, under the slogan, ‘Do not delay vaccination! Every dose counts’. At these parent conferences, a pediatrician expert of the Ministry of Health will provide detailed information about vaccinations and answer parents’ questions. Additionally, pediatricians and vaccinators working in these regions will receive training on the latest vaccination practices. Throughout the campaign, educational materials, including a question-and-answer brochure on vaccine myths and an updated booklet on vaccine-preventable diseases will be provided to local people. Due to the increased number of cases of measles and rubella in the WHO European region, posters containing information about these infections will also be distributed. During the vaccination campaign, certain activities will be conducted to invite unvaccinated children to get proper vaccines. The EU-funded COVID-19 Vaccination Support project, implemented by World Health Organization since June 2021, covers a three-year fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthens daily immunization programs in six Eastern Partnership countries, including Azerbaijan. The project is part of the continued support of the European Union and WHO to Azerbaijan.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency