Na­tion­wide Measles- Rubella Im­mu­niza­tion Cam­paign Kicks Off

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS - BY CORY ROGERS, UNICEF

The Gov­ern­ment of In­done­sia kicked off its most am­bi­tious im­mu­niza­tion drive to date this week in Yo­gyakarta, with aims to vac­ci­nate 35 mil­lion chil­dren in Java against measles and rubella (MR) by the end of next month. An­other 35 mil­lion chil­dren will be tar­geted in all other prov­inces in Au­gust and Septem­ber 2018. The launch event, held at State Is­lamic Ju­nior High School 10 in Sle­man, Yo­gyakarta, was of­fi­ci­ated by Pres­i­dent Joko ‘Jokowi’ Wi­dodo. “We all have a duty as par­ents, and a duty as the State to pro­tect our chil­dren, to make sure they’re healthy,” Jokowi told hun­dreds of Yo­gyakar­tans gath­ered at the school. “Par­ents, schools – we all need to ex­plain that im­mu­niza­tion is im­por­tant for our chil­dren.

GIRL RE­CEIVES IM­MU­NIZA­TION – A young girl re­ceives her MR vac­ci­na­tion, which pre­vents both dis­eases and has been used in more than 141 coun­tries in the world. The vac­ci­na­tions will be ad­min­is­tered in schools in the month of Au­gust. In Septem­ber, the im­mu­niza­tions will move to lo­cal health cen­tres and health posts. © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017.

HAPPY KIDS - Stu­dents play out­side their school prior to the start of the measles-rubella im­mu­niza­tion cam­paign launch event in Sle­man, Yo­gyakarta. The im­mu­niza­tion push is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s pledge to elim­i­nate measles and rubella by 2020. © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017

JOKOWI IN CLASS – Pres­i­dent Jokowi stops by a class­room and sits with stu­dents await­ing their MR vac­cines. The Gov­ern­ment will ad­min­is­ter the MR vac­cine to any child be­tween the ages of 9 months and 15 years free of charge and in­te­grate the vac­cine into the stan­dard pack­age of im­mu­niza­tions. The goal is to achieve 95 per­cent cov­er­age by the end of Septem­ber 2018 and to elim­i­nate both dis­eases by 2020. © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017.

JOKOWI AND THE FIRST LADY – From left to right, Pres­i­dent Jokowi, First Lady Iri­ana, Yo­gyakarta Gov­er­nor Sul­tan Ha­mengkubu­wono X, Co­or­di­nat­ing Human De­vel­op­ment and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Puan Ma­ha­rani, and Min­is­ter of Health Nina Moeloek con­verse with three stu­dents at the end of the cam­paign launch event. Most schools in In­done­sia have agreed to ad­min­is­ter the im­mu­niza­tion. In a small num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties, how­ever, mis­in­for­ma­tion has given rise to the idea that vac­cines are con­sid­ered haram, or for­bid­den by Is­lam. UNICEF has worked closely with the Gov­ern­ment to counter this myth with an outreach strat­egy that high­lights wide­spread Mus­lim ac­cep­tance of im­mu­niza­tions. © Cory Rogers / UNICEF / 2017

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