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Stopping the Spread of Measles Among Children in Tanzania

Over 8 million children in Tanzania have been vaccinated to protect against measles-rubella due to recent outbreaks in various parts of the country since July 2022. The Ministry of Health, along with the World Health Organization and partners, conducted surveillance exercises and launched a vaccination campaign targeting children aged 12 to 52 months nationwide.

Measles is highly contagious and a significant cause of childhood mortality worldwide, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. To address the situation in Tanzania, WHO has collaborated with the government to implement vaccination campaigns, training for healthcare workers, community engagement, and monitoring to ensure quality vaccine delivery.

During a speech on behalf of the WHO Country Representative, Dr. William Mwengee praised the government’s efforts and emphasized the need for a comprehensive plan to enhance immunization services and disease surveillance.

In the last two years, Tanzania has seen measles outbreaks affecting over 1,500 children, with about 80% of cases occurring in unvaccinated children. The Minister of Health, represented by Dr. Tumaini Haonga, highlighted the importance of timely interventions to address the impact of measles outbreaks.

One mother, Aisha Memga, expressed gratitude for the vaccination her child received in Kondoa, emphasizing the importance of protecting children’s health and thanking the government for prioritizing their safety.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads through respiratory droplets and can result in severe complications and death. While anyone can get infected, children are most at risk.

Press Release distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO).

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