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New vaccine will protect half a million newborns in Somalia

Pentavalent vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B in addition to the bacteria that causes meningitis and pneumonia

 
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Approximately 500,000 children born annually in Somalia will be vaccinated against five potentially fatal diseases in childhood, says a note of United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF)

It is expected that each child receive three doses of the vaccine beyond Unicef ​​is available from the World Health Organization, WHO and the GAVI Alliance. For this year, will be awarded 1.3 million doses of vaccine to Somalia.

The Pentavalent vaccine will protect children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B besides the bacteria that cause diseases such as meningitis and pneumonia called Haemophilus influenzae.

In a statement, UNICEF reports that the conflict in Somalia has destroyed the health system, placing the country in the Horn of Africa which holds the list of the worst health indicators in the world.

According to the agency, one in five Somali children dies before their fifth birthday. The UNICEF representative to Somalia, Sikander Khan, said the expectation is that the new vaccine will help break the cycle of unnecessary deaths among children.

With the program, UNICEF expects to happen a change of the existing paradigm for Somali children during the last 20 years or more.

With UN information

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