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Princess Lalla Meryem’s commitment to 30 years of children’s vaccination

Written by FDM

Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the National Observatory for Children Rights (ONDE), chaired on January 31 the vaccination operation for children in Marrakech and ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the National Immunization Program in which findings were presented.

Her Royal Highness was handed over the ministry’s results from 30 years of action under the national and regional children’s immunization program whose motto is “30 years in the service of children’s right to immunization”.

The purpose of this event? shed light on the importance of vaccination. Because it is essential or vital to improve the health of the population, especially women and children. For the past 30 years, ONDE has led this battle with HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, who is particularly committed to ensuring that vaccination as a respected right and that no Moroccan child is left out.

The national immunization program came into existence in 1987, under the aegis of Her Royal Highness. Since then, huge progress has been made in the health sector thanks to vaccines, especially against poliomyelitis and diphtheria; no cases of either disease have been reported since 1987 and 1991, respectively.

In 2002, Morocco was even certified by the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (WHO / EMRO) after eliminating neonatal tetanus as defined by this UN agency. Immunization also contributed to reducing infant and child mortality, which has decreased by 95% for tetanus, 84% for measles, and 86% for whooping cough in children aged under a year.