On April 23, with the support of UNICEF, basic vaccines for routine immunization were delivered to Turkmenistan on a charter flight.
This is the first scheduled delivery for 2022 as part of the ongoing partnership between the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF to deliver essential vaccines free of charge to all children in the country , the UN agency announced on its Instagram page on April 25.
This batch includes tuberculin tests, syringes and vaccines for routine immunization against polio, measles, mumps and rubella, tuberculosis, rotavirus, diphtheria, tetanus toxoids and whooping cough, which are fully funded by the state.
In the fall of 2020, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the “Plan for the Procurement of Vaccines and Immunization Equipment for 2021-2025” as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between the government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF regarding the provision of procurement services. At the same time, the head of the UNICEF office in Turkmenistan , Christine Weigand , noted that "Turkmenistan is a leader in the region and in the world in maintaining an almost universal level of vaccination."
The Procurement Plan has a budget of over $83 million and is fully financed by the national government. It will allow UNICEF to continue supporting Turkmenistan's commitment to protect all children in the country from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.
In 2021, two batches of vaccines were delivered to the country. The second arrived in October and included vaccines against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenzae, hepatitis A, pneumococcus and tuberculosis.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan