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This blog was originally posted on March 6, 2018 in Pajhwok Afghan News.

By Lois Privor-Dumm and Dr. Ghulam Dastagir Nazary

Afghanistan is a country under siege, but one threat doesn’t make the news. The toll is felt among the most vulnerable in an already fragile country. Every year, nearly 5,000 children under five die of rotavirus, a fast-moving and severe form of diarrhea. Afghanistan’s rotavirus death rate is among the highest of any country in Asia.  

Fortunately, Afghanistan is among the frontrunners in Asia to introduce rotavirus vaccine for children to prevent this life-threatening disease. The vaccine, which will be available for free in health facilities throughout the country, is the 10th vaccine to be introduced in the national immunization schedule.

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Afghanistan Immunization Poster UNICEF

Image courtesy of UNICEF

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