New Five-In-One Vaccine Launched In Somalia

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The Ugandan government recently stepped up its crackdown on gay activities, at time blocking their meeting in city hotels.

Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo maintains homosexuality is against the laws of Uganda and its promotion would not be contained.


The Anti-Homosexuality Bill proposed by a ruling party legislator awaits debate at Parliament. President Barack Obama has described it as “odious.”

The whereabouts of the families of Ssozi and Nsubuga remain unclear. But friends believe they both fled the country to either Tanzania or Congo.

Two nights ago, Nsubuga was spotted in Nateete, his father’s home town. It is said he is engaged in poultry and exports chics to Rwanda.

Even though he tried to hide his face with sunglasses and a hat, he could not escape the eyes of some locals that knew him so well.

approved geneva;”>mind sans-serif;”>With vaccination rates in Somalia being low, preliminary results for UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey for 2011 show that only 11 percent of children in Somaliland and 7 percent in Puntland received three doses of the DTP vaccine before their first birthdays.* DTP protects against diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.

This new pentavalent (five-in-one) vaccine was launched in April, supported by UNICEF, WHO and the GAVI that protects against Hib (haemophilus influenza type B), bacteria that can cause pneumonia and meningitis, and hepatitis B, a serious liver disease.

The vaccine was launched at ceremonies in Mogadishu, Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Garowe (Puntland).

According to UNICEF, more than 1.3 million pentavalent vaccines will be available to Somali children this year. “Each child will require three doses before her or his first birthday.”

On May 7, at the Medina Mother and Child Health Center in Mogadishu, Somalia, 6-month-old Abdul Wahab sleeps peacefully in his mother’s arms.

“Unbeknownst to him, Abdul has just become one of the first children in Somalia to have a jab that will protect him against five diseases—and greatly increase his chance of surviving past his fifth birthday,” reports UNICEF.

At the launch at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Minister for Human Development and Public Services Dr. Maryan Qasim told guests that Somalia has the second highest infant mortality rate in the world, with nearly one in 10 children dying before the age of 5.

She called the introduction of the vaccine “historic.”

“As a Government, we cannot rest until we reach all Somali children. We are committed to reach every child in every corner of the country,” she added.

UNICEF Somalia Representative, Sikander Khan affirmed that he sincerely believes the new vaccine would make a difference, especially as pneumonia is one of the main causes of deaths for children in Somalia.

“Even one preventable death is one too many. And that is why we are here today. This breaks the cycle of unnecessary deaths in Somalia,” said Khan.

Anne Cronin of the GAVI Alliance said that it was important that all children in Somalia have access to the pentavalent vaccine.

President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud present at the ceremony noted that one of the Government’s main priorities is improving the health of mothers and children.

“The Somali child must get clean water and vaccinations—everything his rich counterpart elsewhere receives,” he said.

“UNICEF, WHO and GAVI have been with Somalia for more than 20 years and have lost staff and property and faced threats and challenges to save Somali lives. On behalf of the Somali people and on my own behalf, I would like to say thank you very much,” he added.

Meanwhile also the President of Puntland, Abdirahman Mohamed Farole launched the vaccine at the Ministry of Health in Puntland.

“We can fight against the child killer diseases with vaccination. As the people have weapons to protect themselves, our body also needs protection, so vaccination can help our children to exist,” he said.

In Somaliland, Vice President Abdirihman Zeilici who administered the first vaccine oversaw proceedings with Minister of Health Dr. Hussein Mahamud Mahamed.

Head of Pediatrics at Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu, Dr. Lul Mohamed noted that the key to success was increasing coverage of the vaccines.

“We need a strong awareness drive to tell mothers about the importance of the vaccine and to motivate them to come. That also requires a strong commitment from the Government,” she said.

In fact, little Abdul was brought to the Medina Mother and Child Health Center because his four elder siblings, who had not been vaccinated against any diseases, all caught measles.

“After the older children fell sick, I came to hear about vaccinations,” said his mother. “Now I know that this boy, my last born, should have all the vaccinations to protect him.”

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