gets his daughter immunised
In the heart of Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, lie the neat red clay roads and huts of Biryogo. Here the Ministry of Health, with support from the Catholic Church, runs a children’s clinic for the local community.
The waiting room is crowded with mothers dressed in rainbow colours with their babies. Everyone holds an immunisation card. Outside on the veranda, Bashir is waiting with his wife Mariam and their daughter Nadjiha.
“When our daughter was born, the nurses at the maternity hospital told us that we should take her to the clinic to be vaccinated. Everyone in our community has their children vaccinated. You don’t see diseases anymore,” explains Bashir. “I took the day off work so I could be here. I love my wife and daughter. I want them to be healthy.”
Immunisation against rotavirus, which claims the lives of close to 3,500 Rwandan children every year, is one of the services provided at the clinic. The vaccine was introduced with support from GAVI in May 2012.
In 2012, Rwanda also received GAVI support for pentavalent and pneumococcal vaccines.
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