PAHO Launches Campaign to Rid Kids of Diphtheria

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a campaign to vaccinate more than two million children in Haiti against diphtheria, a bacterial infection that causes throat inflammation and difficulty breathing. In severe cases it can lead to death.

PAHO said the program, which will target children between ages one and 14, was launched in mid-March by Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) with support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners.

In the first phase, PAHO said campaign activities are being focused on 27 communes in eight departments: Artibonite, Center, Nippes, Nord, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest, Sud and Sud-Est.