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Hear Our Voices - Ethiopia

Munira and Tadele are protected against measles

Six year-old Munira Nuradi came by herself to the vaccination post. Her parents told her to go to “where she would see a Red Cross sign”. Unlike the other children, she is not afraid of the injection. She even dares to look at her arm being pierced by the thin sharp needle as a Red Cross volunteer encourages her with a caress to her face.

Next in line is eight-year-old Tadele. He accepts the dose of vitamin A without difficulty, but when it comes to the injection he tries to run away in fear. A volunteer talks to him for a few minutes and Tadele finally gets his jab, his face contorted with a grimace of pain. Tears falling on his face he manages to stride away proudly in an attempt to look brave in front of his mocking friends.

Munira and Tadele are among the some 70,000 children in Woliso, a town located some 160 km south west of Addis Ababa, who are receiving their life-long protective dose of measles vaccine during this immunization campaign, the first of its kind here.

In Ethiopia, some 8 million children are being vaccinated in October in a campaign coordinated by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and supported by a number of other global partners in the battle to reduce measles mortality: the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the UN Foundation, the American Red Cross and the International Federation.

 

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