Thursday, July 16, 2015

Immunization campaign gaining momentum to protect children of Timor-Leste

Hera sub-district is half an hour drive from Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste. Today’s morning is different than any other days for the inhabitants of this small township. The playground in front of the Hera Primary School is already full of children and parents. The presence of local popular singer brings festivity to the event.

Like many mothers, Flanita de Jesus (22) and Ilda de Carvalho (19) are also awaiting with their babies to receive free vaccines against diseases such as measles, rubella, and polio.

Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minster of Timor-Leste
 inaugurated the immunization campaign
by giving polio drops to a student in Hera, Dili.
© WHO Timor-Leste/2015/Kreidy
Dr Rui Maria de Araújo, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste inaugurates the immunization campaign by administrating an injection to a boy in presence of the Health Minister Dr. Maria do Céu Sarmento Pina da Costa, Education Minister Dulce de Jesus Soares, WHO Representative Dr. Rajesh Pandav, UNICEF Representative Desiree M. Jongsma and other dignitaries.