|Total Budget ($CAD):||$ 12,000,000|
|Timeframe:||January 14, 2011 - June 30, 2015|
|Bangladesh - $ 12,000,000.00 (100.00%)|
|Infectious & Communicable Diseases (100 %)|
The project aims to reduce the deaths of children under the age of five in Bangladesh. Its purpose is to improve the provision of vaccines and to reach children who live in underserved areas. The project is expected to increase the percentage of children who receive all vaccines with the right antigens, at the right time, from 79% to 85%. Specific project activities include: the procurement of approximately 10 million doses of oral polio vaccine and approximately 17 million doses of measles vaccine – enough for a second dose for those children who need it; the procurement, installation and commission of new equipment to ensure the proper handling of vaccines from the point of manufacture to the point of use; training for about 2,500 health workers; and communication campaigns that encourage vaccination of previously excluded children. The project is part of the Canadian International Immunization Initiative (CIII). The goal of the CIII is to increase and intensify immunization services for children at risk of contracting preventable and often fatal illnesses in low- and middle-income countries.
|Gender and age:||Unspecified|
|Total Direct Population:||Unspecified|
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Results achieved as of March 2014 include: (i) procuring and installing ten customized cold rooms, nearly doubling the capacity to safely store vaccines, ensure their efficacy and facilitate the introduction of new vaccines; (ii) training 8,338 health workers on cold chain management to ensure that vaccines are always kept at the temperature required to maintain their efficacy; (iii) providing 10 million doses of oral polio vaccine and 13 million doses of measles vaccine to 5.3 million children at the right time and interval; and (iv) increasing the knowledge of caregivers regarding the number of visits required for full immunization, from 29% in 2011 to 53% in 2013.
These results are contributing to improving immunization coverage for children in hard-to-reach areas of Bangladesh and to introducing new vaccines to prevent childhood illness and death. Source: Progress Report: Immunization Strengthening Project UNICEF Bangladesh March 2014.