DOH dengue vaccine program recognized

Ms. PilarCollantes from VocesCuidadanas of Peru present an award of appreciation to the Undersecretary of Health, Gerardo V. Bayugo, for innovating interventions in public health by being the first nation in the world to implement a school immunization programme in the fight against dengue.

Ms. PilarCollantes from VocesCuidadanas of Peru (right) present an award of appreciation to the Undersecretary of Health, Gerardo V. Bayugo

The program in Philippines began in April 2016.  By October 2016, 491,811 4th graders began receiving second doses of the vaccine across three regions.  A 4th area in Cebu will start vaccination soon.

VocesCuidadas is a Non-Governmental Organisation / civil society organization from Peru which works in health related advocacy and was attending the 2nd Dengue Asia Summit in Manila, Philippines which was held from 1 – 2 March, 2017.