Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia
Millions of infants to receive the life-saving pneumococcal vaccine
Islamabad, 9 October 2012 — Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister, Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) has announced today the introduction of a new vaccine to protect Pakistani children from pneumonia – a disease that takes the lives of approximately 1.3 million children globally before their fifth birthday. With this launch, Pakistan is the first country in South Asia to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine. More on gavialliance.org
Islamabad, Pakistan, October 9, 2012 (GAVI HANDOUT – SEE END OF DOPESHEET FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USE)
SOUNDBITE 1: Helen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GAVI Alliance, saying (English, 20 secs)
“Each year, 4.8 million children are born in Pakistan, and of those children, each year, more than 400,000 will die before they reach their fifth birthday. A fifth of those die of pneumonia. So this vaccine, this pneumococcal vaccine will in fact save hundreds of thousands of lives.”
SOUNDBITE 1: Helen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, GAVI Alliance, saying (English, 23 secs)
“And in a country like Pakistan that has many remote and rural areas, where it's very hard to get health services out there, then it's obviously even more important to protect children against these diseases because they don't have access to the health services like children in western countries have, you can't go off to Accident & Emergency and get straight under antibiotics. So yes, it is very effective and it will have a huge impact.”
SOUNDBITE 3: Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister, Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) (English, 46 secs)
“We have been experiencing some difficulties in the northern parts of Pakistan with regard to the polio drops. But we’ve had dialogue with the religious leadership and we also seek the support of the armed forces to provide protection for the workers who go in those areas which are known to be difficult. And we intend to provide similar cover in this programme also in those areas, and hopefully, insh’Allah, everything should work out perfectly, and it should be peaceful.”
SOUNDBITE 4: Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister, Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) (English, 22 secs)
"As it is said commonly, prevention is better than cure and this way we can prevent pneumonia from spreading further in Pakistan. And since this is a very effective vaccine, I am sure it will be able to achieve results"
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN. AUGUST 31, 2012 (GAVI HANDOUT/ SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT END OF SHOTLIST)
-Various views of children at a playground in Islamabad
-Various views of children in the streets in a poor neighbourhood of Islamabad
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