Nationwide measles immunization campaign launched in Somalia

The President of Somalia giving a vitamin A supplement to a baby18 November 2015, Mogadishu – A nationwide measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia, aiming to reach 4.4 million children aged between 9 months and 10 years. Vaccinations will be provided through a network of fixed, temporary and mobile posts. Children will also receive vitamin A supplements to help improve their overall immunity. The extended polio infrastructure in Somalia will support delivery of the vaccine and campaign monitoring. Nearly 6000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)10 195
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 850
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 53.0

Source: Country statistical profiles 2014

See Somalia country profile

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