The role of health workers in closing the immunization gap
Xiengkhuang Province, 22 April 2016 - World Immunization Week is celebrated on 24-30 April, and the theme this year is “Closing the immunization gap – Immunization for all throughout life”.
Dr Juliet Fleischl, WHO Representative to Lao PDR said “Health workers play the pivotal role in supporting immunization activities in the field. They administer vaccination in the health centre and also travel to surrounding villages to reach every child in the communities.”
We had the opporunity to join Ms Siphan and Ms Vanpheng from Phukut Health Centre in Xieng Khuang Province last year as they prepared to visit in Phukut village to conduct routine immunization outreach activities.
The young children from this village do not have access to the health centre, and on this day, six young children under one year received their vaccination; the work that Ms Siphan and Ms Vanpheng, and their other colleagues do is important and crucial to the development of the country as a whole.
On World Immunization Week, we need to honour the health workers who go the extra miles so as to access these hard-to-reach communities with vaccines and reduce the death and suffering from vaccine preventable diseases.