Our doctor frequently comes across infections in the children for which immunisations are readily available.There is no comprehensive state-supported immunisation programme in rural Andhra Pradesh.
In 2009 SLA started immunising the children thanks to Dr. Fiona Strachan, a long-time SLA supporter who, when terminally ill, decided there should be a collection for an immunisation programme at her funeral. Fiona's Immunisation Fund is now protecting the children in our care against polio, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella and chicken pox.
Looking ahead, the aim is to encourage friends of SLA to support this important programme on an ongoing basis.
Before and after Immunisation
Before vaccination there were:
285 Measles cases at the Home in 2006,
278 Measle cases in 2007,
205 Measle cases in 2008 ,
187 Measle cases in 2009.
Since 2010 there have been only 3 cases of measles.
Before vaccination there were between 50 and 60 cases each year.
There have been no cases of Mumps since 2010.
If you too would like to contribute to Fiona's Immunisation Fund please contact the SLA Office on 0131 558 7395, email firstname.lastname@example.org