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Mobility support for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Pakistan

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Mardan_DGHS_DC7 August 2018 – Vaccination is a cost-effective method to improve the health status of a population and the EPI intends to prevent vaccine preventable diseases among 23-month-old children. However, immunization coverage remains low in the country and Pakistan continues to experience outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Investment in vaccination programmes will help to expand access to immunization and to reach the most vulnerable and lowest income sections of society. 

One of the issues faced by the programme leading to low coverage is lack of mobility of vaccinators. To facilitate and overcome this, WHO Pakistan has procured 1500 motorcycles for distribution among vaccinators working in the EPI programme throughout the country. These were procured with a grant received from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. The 1500 motorbikes will be distributed as follows: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (585), Punjab (150), Balochistan (340), Sindh (380) and 15 each for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (15), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (15) and Gilgit Baltistan (15). The distribution of bikes was conducted in full consultation with the national and provincial EPI programme.

MotorbikesThe motorcycles are intended to be used by vaccinators to improve their mobility in order that they can provide outreach and mobile vaccination services. This will enable them to reach more isolated and hard-to-reach communities and thus will improve equity in immunization coverage. To ensure that the vehicles are used soley for the purpose of EPI vaccinations, the EPI logo has been added to the motorbikes. 

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 189 900
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 4.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 178
Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population) 0.5
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 66.4

Source: Country statistical profiles 2016

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