First Asian country to introduce pneumococcal vaccines through the Advance Market Commitment
October 2012 marked another milestone in Pakistan’s drive to improve the health of its children when it became the first Asian country to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine through the Advance Market Commitment (AMC).
Pneumococcal vaccines help to prevent the leading cause of severe pneumonia. In 2010 alone, pneumonia accounted for approximately 80,000 deaths in children under five in Pakistan.
At a clinic in Punjab Province, where pneumococcal vaccines were first introduced, Abdul Muhaimin was happy his two-month-old daughter Rohma had received her pneumococcal vaccination. “Vaccines are definitely good for the health,” he said. “I believe this programme should continue across Pakistan.” All provinces in the country are preparing to introduce the new vaccine.
GAVI also supports pentavalent vaccines as well as a range of civil society immunisation activities in Pakistan.
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