Pneumococcal vaccines introduced in Malawi

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On 12 November 2011, World Pneumonia Day, Malawi became the 16th GAVI-eligible country to introduce the pneumococcal vaccine, protecting children in the country against the leading cause of pneumonia.

12 November 2011

Malawi pneumococcal launch - first shot to child
Doune Porter/GAVI/2011

In the arms of his mother Janet, two-month old Bright Masambo Chisale is the first baby in Malawi to be given a pneumococcal vaccine. Vaccinator Clement Saidi was proud to deliver the first vaccine in front the Minister of Health, Dr. Jean Kalilani, and a large crowd of onlookers, which included Malawian and international journalists.

Malawi pneumococcal launch - UNICEF DRep Jane Muita
Doune Porter/GAVI/2011

At the launch of pneumococcal vaccines in Malawi on World Pneumonia Day, 12 November 2011, Dr. Jane Muita, Deputy Representative of UNICEF, a key GAVI Alliance partner, makes a presentation on behalf of the Alliance.

Malawi pneumococcal launch - street carnival banner
Doune Porter/GAVI/2011

A colourful carnival through the streets of the Malawian capital Lilongwe on World Pneumonia Day, November 12, led the way to the ceremonial launch of pneumococcal vaccines, which will protect children in the country against the leading cause of pneumonia. Crowds danced to traditional Malawian music celebrating this milestone in the fight against pneumonia.

Malawi pneumococcal launch - Kingsley Kuthu and baby Ngesa
Doune Porte/GAVI/2011
On World Pneumonia Day, November 12, Kingsley Kuthu brought his four month-old daughter Ngesa to watch the street carnival in Lilongwe, organised to celebrate the launch in Malawi of pneumococcal vaccines. The new vaccines will protect children like Ngesa from pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of pneumonia. 
Malawi pneumococcal launch - dancers
Doune Porter/GAVI/2011

Dancers celebrating the launch of pneumococcal vaccines on November 12 in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Malawi pneumococcal launch - fighting ceremony
Doune Porter/GAVI/2011

The theme for an entertaining acrobatic display by the Malawian defence forces at the pneumococcal vaccine launch on November 12 in Lilongwe was "fighting pneumonia."

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