La inmunización en primera línea

MAPUTO – La mayoría de las noticias que proceden de Mozambique son malas pobreza, enfermedades, conflictos e inundaciones, pero también ocurren muchas cosas buenas en mi país.

En los dos últimos decenios, Mozambique ha pasado a ser una democracia que funciona, su sector agrícola ha crecido, se han elevado las tasas de alfabetización, ha aumentado el abastecimiento de agua y de electricidad en las zonas rurales y se ha reducido espectacularmente la mortalidad infantil, de 219 por 1.000 nacidos vivos en 1990, dos años antes de que acabara la guerra civil, a 135 por 1.000 en 2010. Me siento particularmente orgullosa de este último logro, porque, al haber trabajado en colaboración con los compatriotas mozambiqueños para aumentar la cobertura de inmunización, creo que he desempeñado un papel en su consecución.

Yo me crié en Mozambique cuando el país estaba aún gobernado por Portugal y la desigualdad de nuestra sociedad colonial contribuyó a formar mi opinión de que todas las personas tienen derecho a la atención de salud. Recuerdo haber trabajado en un pabellón pediátrico cuando era adolescente y haber visto a niños morir de enfermedades como la poliomielitis, el sarampión y el tétanos, todas ellas fáciles de prevenir mediante vacunas. La impresión de aquella experiencia me movió a pasar los 40 años siguientes trabajando a fin de velar por que todos los niños de Mozambique, independientemente de su origen étnico o del lugar en el que vivan, reciban las vacunas que necesitan para que puedan tener una vida larga y sana.

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