EIW activities in Tajikistan raise awareness of the importance of immunization

Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis (RCIP)/Saida Bobonazarova

Volunteers in Tajikistan disseminate information materials during European Immunization Week

Various activities to celebrate European Immunization Week were organized throughout Tajikistan from 22 to 27 April 2013.

The primary objective of European Immunization Week (EIW), celebrated in the WHO European Region each year in April, is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization, particularly through promoting the core message that immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life.

Press conference

EIW 2013 was launched on 22 April with a joint press conference held by the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan and the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis in Dushanbe. The press conference was attended by representatives of the mass media, including several newspapers, television and radio agencies.

Dr Jobirov Shamsiddin, Head of the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis, opened the conference, noting that “Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available, which saves millions of people from illness, disability and death each year”. He also mentioned that EIW is a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of immunization in saving lives and encourage families to vaccinate their children against serious diseases.

Information materials

Several education and communication materials with key information on the importance of immunization were developed by the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis jointly with the WHO Country Office. These materials were distributed at district level to parents, health care professionals, youth and the hard-to-reach and marginalized populations of the country to improve their awareness of immunization issues.

Multistakeholder action

At the regional and oblast levels, ceremonies and other activities were organized by health care professionals, also including a series of radio programmes on the importance of immunization.

Special mobile teams of health care professionals, volunteers and representatives from international organizations also participated in various social mobilization activities across the country.