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Volunteers vaccinate thousands of children in Haiti
07 May 2004

Fond Parisien: More than 150 volunteers helped vaccinate 79,000 children against polio as part of the "Vaccination Week in Americas", held last 24 to 30 April in Fond Parisien, a town in Haiti close to the borders with the Dominican Republic.

Volunteers from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with the assistance of the Haitian Red Cross, administered oral polio vaccine to children ages five and below in four poor rural districts, namely Nord’Est, Plataeu Central, I’Ouest and Artibonite.

"This is the latest example of successful collaboration between the Red Cross / Red Crescent Movement, World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund and the Ministry of Health to eradicate this terrible disease. Our extensive volunteer network can reach people who might not otherwise be vaccinated in these campaigns," said Niels Scott, Federation Representative for Haiti.

The first-ever "Vaccination Week in the Americas" campaign covers 35 countries and targets to immunize 40 million people, specifically vulnerable groups -- women, children and the elderly -- living in hard-to-reach rural areas.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional arm of WHO, coordinated the campaign.

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From: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies