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Routine immunization outreach increases vitamin A capsule and Mebendazole among children 12-59 months and is therefore an effect


This bulletin describes the increased coverage of Vitamin A Capsules (VAC) and Mebendazole by their distribution through immunization outreach in three Operational Districts (ODs). This was achieved by adding the topic of deworming to the VAC training developed for the government health staff. The reported results show that Mebendazole coverage was significantly improved in all the supported ODs (Angkor Chey, Sampov Meas and Siem Reap) while the VAC coverage was also remarkably increased. Mebendazole coverage among children aged 12-59 months increased from a baseline level of 16-32% in March 2003 to 65-82% in November 2003 and March 2004. Therefore, it is concluded that the Mebendazole component was successfully added to the VAC support program and thus that routine Health Center outreach is an effective tool for the delivery of VAC and Mebendazole to preschool-age children in Cambodia during the VAC distribution months


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