WHO is committed to supporting Afghanistan’s national malaria and leishmaniasis control programme by moving from the implementation of single interventions to a more systematic and country-based approach in programme activities.Kabul, April 30, 2013 – The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan celebrated World Malaria Day 2013 in Kabul on 30 April 2013 under the theme of: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.
H.E. Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar, Deputy Minister of Public Health, acknowledged the valued partnership of WHO, the Global Fund, BRAC and HealthNet TPO. He said that malaria was a major public health concern in Afghanistan with about 22.6 million of the population living in endemic areas and faced with the threat of being infected with malaria.
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Vaccines are very safe. While better hygiene, hand washing and clean water help protect people from infectious diseases, many infections can spread regardless of how clean we are. Kabul, 21 April 2013 – Afghanistan, as part of the global community, celebrated the fourth Vaccination Week in Afghanistan on 21 April 2013, under the theme of “Stop Measles Now!” Vaccination Week is an annual global initiative celebrating and promoting immunization through advocacy, education and communication activities. Vaccination Week aims to highlight the importance of protecting individuals from vaccine-preventable diseases, and celebrates the achievements of immunization programmes in promoting healthy communities.
H.E. Dr Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, said that the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan in 2013, in order to save time and resources, inaugurates two important initiatives together: Vaccination Week and the second spring round of nationwide polio campaign.
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