Unicef completes cholera vaccinations on 900 000 children after cyclone Idai

The United Nations Children's Funds (Unicef) is working actively to contain an outbreak of cholera after tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira City in central Mozambique last month.

In its efforts to protect vulnerable children, Unicef's chief communications officer Daniel Timme says an immunisation process has already been completed and nearly 900 000 children have been vaccinated.

He says this is only one part of their fight against cholera.

We also have to provide safe drinking water and inform the population in a vast communication campaign about hygiene and how to contain the vaccination.

Daniel Timme, Chief communications officer - Unicef

We already see successes because the line of new cases is not accelerating exponentially anymore; that is stable. We hope that we can continue like this.

Daniel Timme, Chief communications officer - Unicef

The organisation is also distributing mosquito nets to protect children from malaria. He says there are already 700 000 cases of malaria reported in the area.

In general the pictures of dramatic rescue missions may have disappeared from television screens but the situation here for children is still dire and 1 million need assistance.

Daniel Timme, Chief communications officer - Unicef

Click on the link below to hear more from Timme...


This article first appeared on 702 : Unicef completes cholera vaccinations on 900 000 children after cyclone Idai


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