Two Million Children to be Immunized Against Measles in Malawi

by Rajashri on Oct 30 2008 1:25 PM

Malawi has launched a campaign Tuesday to immunise two million children against measles.

"We want to kick out measles because it is a dangerous disease which leads to complications such as blindness and death," Storn Kabuluzi, director of preventive health services, told AFP.

The three-day campaign to be conducted in every region of Malawi will target up to two million children aged between six months and five years, he said.

The children will also receive Vitamin A supplements and be de-wormed to prevent anaemia.

Malawi's programme is part of a global effort by the World Health Organization to wipe out the disease. WHO says vaccination schemes across Africa have driven down measles deaths on the continent from 396,000 in 2000 to just 36,000 in 2006.