Bangladesh has a budget of $97 million to spend on sustainable vaccination programme in 2017 throughout the country.
A total of 17% of the budget will be funded by the development partners of the Maternal Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health Programme, Dr Jahangir Alam Sarker, line director of the programme, said on Sunday.
Dr Jahangir was speaking at a press briefing at the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in Mohakhali, Dhaka.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the country office of World Health Organisation (WHO) jointly organised the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) in Bangladesh to mark World Immunisation Week. The programme will begin on April 24 and conclude on April 30.
The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will host the EPI programme titled “Vaccines Work to Save Lives” in 2017 on behalf of the WHO.
Abul Kalam Azad, director general of DGHS, said the ratio of vaccine receiver children under one year has increased from 2% to 99% between 1985 and 2015.
”The project had six antigens to offer in 1979 and it has 11 in 2015. We aim to make it 13 in 2018,” said the DGHS director general.
The programme aims to increase awareness among Bangladeshi people about vaccination and promote locality-based awareness creation programmes.
Bangladesh has the polio free status since 2006 and achieved the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination goal in 2008.