На передовом рубеже иммунизации

МАПУТУ – Большинство поступающих из Мозамбика новостей являются «плохими» ‑ бедность, болезни, вооруженные конфликты и наводнения. Но вместе с тем в моей стране происходит и много хороших событий.

В течение последних двадцати лет Мозамбик стал страной действенной демократии, развил сельскохозяйственный сектор экономики, повысил процент грамотного населения, увеличил снабжение водой и электричеством сельских районов и значительно снизил уровень детской смертности с 219 на 1000 живых рожденных детей в 1990 г. (за два года до окончания гражданской войны) до 135 на 1000 живых рожденных детей в 2010 году. Особенно у меня вызывает гордость последнее достижение, потому что я верю, что моя работа в партнерстве с моими коллегами мозамбикцами по расширению территории охвата вакцинацией способствовала его реализации.

Я выросла в Мозамбике, когда страна еще была португальской колонией. Неравенство в колониальном обществе оказало влияние на мою точку зрения, что все люди имеют право на медицинскую помощь. Я помню, как подростком я работала в педиатрической палате и видела, как дети умирают от таких болезней, как полиомиелит, корь и столбняк – болезней, смертельный исход которых можно легко предотвратить с помощью прививок. Под влиянием этого опыта я на протяжении последующих 40 лет работала над обеспечением того, чтобы каждый ребенок в Мозамбике, независимо от этнической принадлежности и места проживания, получил необходимые прививки, которые помогут ему прожить долгую и здоровую жизнь.

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