Gavi Alliance – Somalia

On April 24th, 2013 the new Pentavalent vaccine was launched in Somalia at an event attended by the Somali Minister for Health. Kate Holt, from Arete, flew up to Mogadishu to photograph the launch of the vaccine…

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were receiving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were receiving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were receiving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were receiving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A father holds his son into the isolation unit of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the Somali Government have today introduced the new Penatavalent vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF. The five in one vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses that can cause death.

A father holds his son into the isolation unit of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the Somali Government have today introduced the new Penatavalent vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF. The five in one vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses that can cause death.

Somali Government soliders stand guard outside of Villa Somalia, next to a poster illustrating the future vision for Somalia in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013.

Somali Government soliders stand guard outside of Villa Somalia, next to a poster illustrating the future vision for Somalia in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013.

A chior sing a song to mark the launch of the new Pentavalent Vaccine that was attended by the Minister of Health in Villa Somalia, in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A chior sing a song to mark the launch of the new Pentavalent Vaccine that was attended by the Minister of Health in Villa Somalia, in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby while it is vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby while it is vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A young child who has suspected Meningitis, lies in the isolation ward of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia one April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A young child who has suspected Meningitis, lies in the isolation ward of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia one April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother sits with her baby who has suspected Meningitis in the contagious disease unit of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother sits with her baby who has suspected Meningitis in the contagious disease unit of Benadir Hospital in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Mothers wait with their babies to be vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby and her vaccination card before being vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby and her vaccination card before being vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Health care workers listen to a presentation at the launch of the new Pentavalent Vaccine that was attended by the Minister of Health in Villa Somalia, in Mogadishu Somalia on April 2th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Health care workers listen to a presentation at the launch of the new Pentavalent Vaccine that was attended by the Minister of Health in Villa Somalia, in Mogadishu Somalia on April 2th, 2013. Today the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib was launched in Somalia. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby while it is vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

A mother holds her baby while it is vaccinated at Medina Mother and Child Health Centre in Mogadishu Somalia on April 24th, 2013. The babies were recieving the new Pentavalent (Five in one) vaccine which protects children against Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, Hepatitis B and Hib. Hib is the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia and other contagious illnesses which can cause death. The Somali Government have today introduced the new vaccine with the support of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation), WHO and UNICEF.

Click here to see the slideshow featured on The BBC

Somalia, along with South Sudan, has one of the lowest child immunisation rates in the world. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef, the UN children’s agency, estimated that in 2011 only 41% of Somali children had been vaccinated.

 

On April 24th, 2013 the new Pentavalent vaccine was launched in Somalia at an event attended by the Somali Minister for Health. The pentavalent preparation combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).

 

Kate Holt from Arete flew up to Mogadishu to photograph the launch of the vaccine. The photographs were distributed amongst the UN agencies involved including UNICEF and the WHO for their press releases.

 

A slideshow of the day was then created and sent out to BBC online.

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