European Immunization Week in Tajikistan
As part of the ninth European Immunization Week (EIW), celebrated from 22 to 26 April 2014 in all 53 countries of the WHO European Region, several activities were organized throughout Tajikistan.
The primary objective of European Immunization Week (EIW) is to increase vaccination coverage by raising awareness of the importance of immunization, in particular by promoting the core message that immunization of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life.
The WHO Country Office in Tajikistan and the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis conducted a joint press conference on 22 April 2014 in Dushanbe. The press conference was attended by development partners and representatives of the mass media, including several newspapers, television and radio agencies.
The First Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Bobokhojieva, opened the press conference, noting that "Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year". She also said that EIW is a great opportunity to stress the importance of immunization in saving lives and to encourage families to vaccinate their children against serious diseases.
In addition to the press conference conducted in Dushanbe, several education and communication materials containing 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 volunteers, in particular among the hard-to-reach and marginalized populations of the country.
At the regional and oblast levels, ceremonies and other activities to open European Immunization Week were organized together with health care professionals, including a series of radio and TV 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.