Distributing vaccines is not easy in the Amazon region, given the challenging geography: dense virgin forest in a tropical climate with constant rain, and long distances separating health facilities from communities.
For this and other reasons, the Ministry of Health of Peru makes great efforts to reach vaccination coverage targets in these communities, and to meet the population’s primary health care needs—either at permanent health centers and other fixed locations, or through the use of mobile units. The emphasis is on health promotion and prevention of risk and harm, and on encouraging citizen participation.
In 2018, 46% of pregnant women in Peru were vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, and 38% against influenza.
With the support of the Ministry of Health of Peru, and thanks to the commitment of health workers like Nancy, Laurinda, Salvit Karen, and the entire team at the Progreso Health Center, more women and babies have been protected.
Reaching high vaccination coverage among pregnant women depends on coordinating maternal health teams, prenatal checkups, and immunization efforts, with logistical and operational support from the national health services. These people are the vaccination superheroes!