UNICEF and WHO bring 4.6 million doses of polio vaccine to Tajikistan [EN/RU/TG] – Tajikistan

Dushanbe May 23, 2021 – 4.6 million doses of polio vaccine arrived in Dushanbe on Sunday morning, May 23. These vaccines will be used during the national polio vaccination campaign scheduled for May-July 2021 to stop the circulation of the poliovirus. During the campaign, nearly 1.4 million children under the age of six will be targeted for oral polio vaccine to boost protection against polio. The shipment was received by the head of the Republican Immunoprofilactic Center Mr. Faizali Saidzoda and staff of UNICEF and the World Health Organization in Tajikistan.

The vaccination campaign is led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the People of Tajikistan and supported by WHO and UNICEF, as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

“UNICEF is working with partners to help local authorities lead a major round of polio campaigns to strengthen children’s immunity to polio. The additional campaign will be accompanied by a social mobilization campaign to encourage communities to have their children immunized. Said Zainab Al-Azzawi, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Tajikistan.

After a thorough investigation of polio cases in the Republic of Tajikistan, the Government and health partners worked hand in hand to prepare and conduct supplementary immunization of children to prevent transmission of the virus. According to the decree of the government of Tajikistan, two rounds of polio vaccination campaigns are scheduled from May 31 to June 5 and from June 28 to July 3 respectively.

“There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented with vaccination. Polio vaccine, given several times, can protect a child for life. Oral polio vaccine is safe and effective, its use has eradicated polio in most countries of the world. The use of oral polio vaccine in Tajikistan is crucial to prevent transmission of the virus and protect children from this crippling disease. WHO appreciates all the efforts of the Tajik government and health partners to prepare the campaign and purchase the vaccines and urges parents to immunize their children, ”said Dr Victor Olsavszky, WHO Representative in Tajikistan.

The polio campaign is supported by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a consortium dedicated to polio eradication. The GPEI is led by national governments, the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF and supported by key partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. .

For more information, please contact

Emomali Mirzoev

Press Officer, Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population

+992888801358 | [email protected]

Shuhratjon Sharipov

Communications Officer, UNICEF Tajikistan

+992 939144010 | [email protected]


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The World Health Organization in Tajikistan is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Population Welfare and its partners to help the country achieve its national health development goals and ensure that all efforts of health are coordinated.

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