EU supports vaccination campaign to combat polio in Ukraine

Friday, 22 January 2016 13:36 GMT

A girl gets her polio vaccine in Slovyansk, Donetsk oblast, eastern Ukraine. © UNICEF Ukraine/2015/A.Getman

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The European Commission is providing €1.2 million to support a third round of polio vaccinations in Ukraine following the start of an outbreak in August last year.

Speaking at a press conference in Kiev today launching the latest vaccination drive, Director of Operations of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), Jean-Louis de Brouwer, stated: “I laud the combined efforts of the Ministries of Health and Education who, together with our partners UNICEF and WHO, have made tremendous strides in vaccinating thousands of children against this dreaded disease”.

The first two rounds of polio vaccinations took place in November 2015, after an outbreak was confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The third round of vaccinations will target 4.75 million children aged 0-10.

The funding is being made available through the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). The vaccination campaign is carried out with the cooperation of relevant Ukrainian government ministries, UNICEF and WHO.

Read more on the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department's (ECHO) website.

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