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DR Congo Introduces New Vaccine Against One of its Leading Causes of Child Death | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Pneumococcal vaccine reaching one of Africa’s largest countries

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

KINSHASA, Congo -- In an effort to drastically improve the chances of children reaching their fifth birthday, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today stepped up its immunization programme by including vaccines to combat pneumonia. Initially the expanded programme will be in two of the 11 provinces. Pneumonia is one of the biggest killers of children worldwide and is responsible for a quarter of all child deaths under five in DRC.

DRC First Lady Olive Lembe Kabila and Minister of Health Victor Makwenge Kaput joined parents and health workers in Kinshasa to witness the first child being immunized as part of the official introduction of pneumococcal vaccine into the national routine immunization programme.

To read the full press release, visit the GAVI Alliance web site.

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