“Children everywhere smile,” said Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., FAAP, pictured here with two Mozambique boys who received measles vaccine, vitamin A and deworming tablets during a massive immunization campaign. Dr. Fisher represented the Academy at the campaign’s launch.

Mozambique rallied 19,000 local volunteers to provide measles vaccine, vitamin A drops and mebendazole to 3.6 million children during a week-long campaign aimed at reducing measles deaths.

“The lack of resources is striking, so the fact that they could mobilize the country to make this kind of an immunization drive in a one-week time period is just phenomenal,” said Margaret C. Fisher, M.D., FAAP, immediate past chair of the AAP Section on Infectious Diseases, who represented the Academy at the launch in Sao Damaso in Matola.

Vaccine-preventable deaths remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Mozambique, according to UNICEF. The country has experienced three outbreaks of measles in the past...

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