IVI in the Media
Government of Sindh expresses commitment to typhoid vaccination
On January 8, 2013, Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI) organized the ‘Typhoid Consultation Meeting’ in Karachi, Pakistan which brought together government stakeholders, policymakers, donor agencies, and non-governmental organizations to discuss typhoid control strategies and vaccine advocacy in Sindh Province.
The meeting was a follow-up to school-based pilot vaccination programs conducted in Gulshan Town in 2010 and Jamshed Town in 2011 which immunized 120,000 children against typhoid. The pilot projects highlighted the crucial roles of physicians, teachers, religious leaders, and government in convincing parents of the benefits of vaccination and in encouraging schools to take part in vaccination programs.
Over the course of the meeting, participants discussed the prevalence and cost of the disease in Pakistan, as well as strategies to increase typhoid immunization coverage such as periodic vaccination campaigns targeted at children aged 5-15 years. Dr. Aslam Pervaiz, District Officer (Preventive), Health Department - Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, chaired the session on behalf of Dr. Aftab Ahmed Khatri, Provincial Health Secretary - Government of Sindh. He recognized the problem of typhoid in Pakistan and expressed the government’s commitment to controlling the disease through the use of vaccines.
The meeting was organized with support from Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) - Sindh and the International Vaccine Institute. Participants included representatives from Department of Health Government of Sindh, District Health Offices, Department of Education Government of Sindh, World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID, GAVI, Save the Children, Pakistan Medical Association, Pakistan Paediatric Association, National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and Aga Khan University, and officials from Ministry of Health and Population - Nepal.