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Afghanistan: Vaccination programme resumes in Parwan province

12-05-1999 News Release 99/19

After more than two years of interruption due to the conflict, a vaccination programme has started up again in Parwan Province, north of Kabul.

The ICRC has assessed the situation in 11 vaccination centres and rehabilitated an efficient cold chain in nine of them with material airlifted from Kabul to Bagram. This will make it possible to immunize 50,000 children and 66,000 women against the most common diseases as part of campaigns organized by UNICEF and the public health authorities.

UNICEF will now take over the monitoring and coordination of the vaccination programme while the ICRC continues to provide logistical support.

The ICRC is currently assessing the situation in six additional centres located in Kapisa Province, north of Kabul.