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Wide age range measles-rubella vaccination campaign, Nepal (2012-2013)

By invitation of WHO/Nepal, CDC’s Dr. Umid Sharapov spent three weeks in December, 2012 as an international monitor of their measles-rubella (MR) campaign. The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal introduced rubella-containing vaccine by conducting a wide age range measles-rubella (MR) campaign during 2012-2013. Ten million children (9 months – 14 years) were vaccinated. Dr. Sharapov visited two regions in the northeastern Nepal – Sindupalchowk and Dolakha.

A school based vaccination site in the Sindupalchowk region. A vaccinator is giving instructions to a mother on how to hold her daughter as she prepares to give a shot. Meanwhile some older students are observing with great interest through the window.

Outdoor vaccination site at a busy shopping area next to a car mechanic shop in Tatopani, Nepal, situated at the Chinese border. Despite the freezing cold temperature, parents await their turn patiently.

A boy looks contemplative, having just received his MR shot. Tatopani, Sindupalchowk region , Nepal.

An experienced Nepali immunization specialist is filling out a monitoring checklist to ensure the vaccination site is properly set up and ready for a busy day, and providing vital feedback to the vaccinators for improvements that can be made.

A happy boy with his mom have just arrived at the vaccination site in Sindupalchowk region. If only we could replicate their cheerfulness during all of our measles-rubella campaigns!

Students chat each other up as they dutifully wait to receive their MR. A younger boy catches a nap while clinging to his sister’s back.

Lending a helping hand, this teen has brought her siblings and neighbors’ kids to the school vaccination site in the Dolakha region.

“Look! I just got a jab!” Happy kids proudly showing off their injection sites. Dolakha region, Nepal.

Elementary school students are demonstrating their finger marks after receiving their jabs at school. Dolakha region, Nepal.

A boy is proudly showing off his injection mark to some curious and empathetic friends. Dolakha Region, Nepal

A senior student receiving his MR vaccine. What a great role model for younger kids! Dolakha Region, Nepal.

A female student happily receiving her fingermark after receiving her MR shot. Dolakha Region, Nepal.

A MR campaign monitor is conducting “intra-campaign rapid coverage monitoring” – visiting households mid-way through a campaign to document that all eligible children in the area were vaccinated. If he finds children who were not vaccinated, he encourages their parents and refers them to the vaccination site and captures the reasons for children having missed the vaccination.

Vaccinated kids are happy kids! Dolakha Region, Nepal.

The CDC is a founding partner of the Measles & Rubella Initiative founded in 2001, with the American Red Cross, UN Foundation, UNICEF and WHO. The Initiative is committed to ensure no child dies from measles or is born with congenital rubella syndrome.

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