Since yesterday, a four-week-long vaccination campaign against Rubella (German measles or three-day measles) began at Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar which aims to vaccinate over 315,000 Rohingya children.
Rubella is a contagious viral infection which includes a low-grade fever, sore throat, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Rohingya children aged between six months to 10 years will be vaccinated through this campaign.
The vaccination campaign was organized by the Bangladesh Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from World Health Organization (WHO), Unicef and other partners. As well the vaccination teams consist of 132 trained vaccinators, 264 volunteers, 1,400 community health workers and 2,000 Majhi, an informally elected community leader. Some 30 supervisors and 68 camp coordinators will support the campaign.
In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Myanmar has experienced outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as Measles, Diphtheria, and Japanese encephalitis, even in areas with reportedly high administrative reach.