By Bruce Mulenga, Zambia Red Cross Society
More than 1,300 volunteers of Zambia Red Cross Society are going door-to-door, visiting homes and making community announcements, to encourage parents and guardians to get their children, between the ages of 9 months and 15 years, vaccinated against measles and rubella at the nearest health facility. This is in support of the government’s vaccination campaign to increase awareness of the risks of measles and rubella, and to ensure that children receive their immunization.
According to Mr Abraham Geevarghese, the Secretary General of Zambia Red Cross Society: “Our volunteers are spread out in various communities, covering the high density compounds of Mandevu, Chawama, Kanyama, George, Chipata and Chaisa in Lusaka, sharing information about measles and rubella, and the importance of ensuring that their children receive the appropriate vaccination.
The investment for this massive mobilization effort is about 1 million Zambian kwacha (100,219 US dollars. Our aim is to ensure that as many children as possible are vaccinated against measles and rubella though this important campaign,” said Mr Geevarghese.
In its auxiliary role to the government and as a member of Zambia’s Universal Child Immunization (UCI) Coordination Committee team, the Red Cross is playing a key role in meeting the campaign’s target of over 6 million children receiving vaccination against measles and rubella.