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Nepal earthquake -- Emergency measles immunization campaign for hundreds of thousands of children at risk--UNICEF

5/4/2015

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KATHMANDU, May 4, 2015 /CNW/ - More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on April 25.

The campaign was launched by the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Lack of shelter and sanitation are huge risk factors for disease—as the number of people who have fled their homes continues to grow, with many people now living next to their damaged houses.

According to figures available before the earthquake struck, around one in 10 children in Nepal is not vaccinated against measles.

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