Forty thousand health workers fan across Yemen

Ensuring children are protected from polio and measles

WHO/ S. Al-Wesabi
WHO/ S. Al-Wesabi

Yemen launches on Saturday 15 August a national round of vaccination campaign against measles and polio, to protect children from these preventable diseases and ensure that Yemen remains polio-free. Despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the campaign is aiming to cover the entire country – more than 5 million under five years of age with polio vaccine and 1.4 million children under the age of 15. More than 40,000 health workers and volunteers are being mobilized for this effort, supported by the government and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The conflict in Yemen has posed challenges to the polio eradication programme, including difficulties in distributing vaccines to health facilities, the closure of over 20% of health centres, and the inability of people to reach the centres that remain due to conflict. In spite of the political unrest in Yemen, 88% of children were reached with routine vaccines through health facilities and campaigns in 2014. A national measles, rubella and polio campaign was implemented in November 2014 reaching as many as 93% of children.

The campaign is made possible by contributors to the Horn of Africa polio outbreak, which has included operations in Yemen. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative receives financial support from governments of countries affected by polio; private sector foundations, donor governments, multilateral organizations, private individuals, humanitarian and nongovernmental organizations and corporate partners. Full list of all contributors.

National polio, measles and rubella campaign launched in Yemen [press release]

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