WHO, partners announce five-year immunization plan for Haiti

PAHO/WHO, officials from Haiti’s Ministry of Public, UNICEF and other partners outlined a new plan to improve immunization services in Haiti over the next five years, including the introduction of three new vaccines. Ariel Henry of Haiti’s health ministry said, “We hope to start this multi-year immunization plan as soon as possible in order to save lives and protect Haitians. Diarrhea and pneumonia are the main causes of death in Haitian children, so we also plan to include rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines in our strategic plan.” Dr. Ciro de Quadros of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, who chaired the meeting, said, “This plan shows the great work being done on immunization and the strong commitment to improve immunization services, and the international community backs the plan in Haiti.”