Visit to Hissor District on International Children’s Day


Child receiving a vaccination in Novobad Jamoat health centre, Hissor District

On 1 June 2010, International Children’s Day, the WHO Country Office, Tajikistan joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Mercy Corps in a visit to a kindergarten called “Lola”, in Hissor District, to observe the progress of the polio vaccination campaign, and to see the primary health care facility in the village of Novobod.

With the support of WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan started a national vaccination campaign to prevent the further spread of poliovirus after the recent outbreak of poliomyelitis (polio) in the country. The Government of the United States of America, WHO, UNICEF and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom are contributing to the fight against this outbreak. The United States Government will contribute about US$ 250 000.

Representatives of the local government, the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan and UNICEF also participated in the 1 June visit.

USAID awarded WHO a grant of US$ 100 000 to support the emergency polio immunization campaign on 5 May, and an additional US$ 148 472 in June.

On 1 June, the world celebrated the sixtieth International Children’s Day, a reminder of the need to protect the rights, health and lives of all children. The rights covered by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child include: to participate in society, to receive high-quality education, to be protected from discrimination and exploitation, to have freedom of expression and to have access to high-quality health care.