Impact and Lessons From the Introduction of the PCV-10 Vaccine

Karachi: Two diseases, pneumonia and meningitis, account for nearly one in three child deaths in Pakistan every year, according to the World Health Organization.

In 2013, Pakistan became the first country in South Asia to introduce the PCV-10 vaccine which protects children from these two infectious diseases. Preliminary results of the effectiveness of the vaccine will be shared at a seminar at Aga Khan University on Friday, March 10.

The seminar will also discuss lessons from other immunization programmes that can inform national efforts to boost vaccine coverage against other preventable diseases such as polio and diarrhea.

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Sindh Health Secretary Dr Fazlullah Pechuho will be the chief guest at the event. Dr Safi Malik, Director of Programmes at the Federal Ministry of National Health Services and Regulation, will also speak at the seminar.

Other prominent officials from public and private sector hospitals as well as the health departments of Sindh and Balochistan will also be present.

WHAT:
Seminar on Impact and Lessons from the PCV-10 vaccine’s introduction

WHO:
Researchers from the Aga Khan University and health department officials from Sindh and Balochistan

WHEN:
Friday, March 10, 2017; 2:00 – 5:00 pm

WHERE:
Aga Khan University Auditorium, Stadium Road, Karachi

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