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Buganda : Abantu indwi bakomerekejwe na Gerenade yatewe

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Abantu indwi bakomeretse mu gitero ca Gerenade cakozwe ku musozi Kaburantwa, komine Buganda, intara ya Cibitoke. Batatu muri abo bakomeretse bararemvye cane.

Iyo Gerenade yatewe n’umuntu ataramenyekana mw’ijoro ryo kuri uwu w’Imana, nk’igihe c’isaha zibiri n’iminota mirongo itatu z’ijoro, mu bunywero bwa Bosco Murekambanze.

Mu giporisi c’Uburundi bavuga ko uwateye iyo Gerenade atamenyekanye, amatohoza akaba yatanguye, umuntu umwe akaba ariwe yamaze gufatwa ku mvo z’amatohoza.

Jeannette Twishima carries her 22-month-old daughter, Charlène Bisengimana, home from the immunization outreach post set up at the market in Nkoyoyo Colline in the north-eastern Muyinga Province, during the UNICEF-supported immunization campaign. From 18 to 21 June 2012 in Burundi, an integrated measles vaccination campaign is being held as part of nationwide Maternal and Child Health Week activities. The campaign aims to vaccinate more than 1.4 million children aged 6 months to 5 years old against the easily preventable but highly contagious disease, which can cause severe complications and death. Worldwide, the disease remains a leading cause of death among young children: in 2010, an estimated 139,300 people – mainly children under the age of 5 – died globally from measles. But significant progress has been made: from 2001 to 2011, measles deaths worldwide decreased by 71 per cent, with the largest decline (about 85 per cent) in sub-Saharan Africa. Measles coverage in Burundi had surpassed 92 per cent by 2010. Nevertheless, outbreaks of the disease continue, with 8 districts affected in 2011. The nationwide campaign is being implemented by the Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF and other partners. Children under age 5 are also receiving vitamin A, which has been shown to reduce the number of measles deaths by half. Children and women are also receiving deworming tablets. Burundi’s campaign is also part of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, a global partnership led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

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