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2012 Vaccination Week in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

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Somalia was one of the 23 countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region that participated in the third Vaccination Week celebrated from 24 to 30 April 2012. The event coincided with the first World Immunization Week.

Ministries of health from the three zones of Somalia launched ceremonies in Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Garowe, to mark the beginning of this advocacy initiative in collaboration with immunization partners.

The event was celebrated under the theme of “Reaching every community”, demonstrating the Region’s vision and strategy in addressing immunization priorities. Coinciding with the week, the second phase of child health days was implemented in Mogadishu from 21 to 26 April.

Vaccination Week 2012

Key facts

Immunization saves lives, preventing between two and three million deaths every year in all age groups.
Between 1.5 and 1.8 million infants in the Region did not receive the basic vaccine against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis in 2010.
Vaccination Week is an opportunity to increase awareness and vaccine utilization, mobilize political commitment and resources, and expand immunization services to the most marginalized and difficult-to-reach populations.

Promotional posters (in Somali)

I am vaccinated, are you? [pdf 1.07Mb]

I vaccinated my child, did you? [pdf 1.71Mb]

Reach. Involve. Protect. (every community) [pdf 775.99kb]

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)12 316
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 732
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 55.4

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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