Guatemala, November 2012

In Guatemala, the Government and other partners are continuing to assure sustained routine immunization of children – now reaching 92 per cent of all infants – against a range of vaccine-preventable diseases. The country’s last endemic case of measles was in 1997. In the entire Americas Region (covering North, Central and South America), the last endemic measles case was in 2002 and the last endemic case of rubella was in 2009 – part of global efforts to control and eliminate these diseases.
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A woman kisses her infant daughter while they wait for a routine check-up at a health centre in the community of Sacanillá in Cobán Municipality. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2238/SUSAN MARKISZ

A woman kisses her infant daughter while they wait for a routine check-up at a health centre in the community of Sacanillá in Cobán Municipality. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2238/SUSAN MARKISZ

Health workers review patients’ charts at a community health centre in the community of Chivencorral in Cobán Municipality, before heading out to immunize children. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2209/SUSAN MARKISZ

Health workers review patients’ charts at a community health centre in the community of Chivencorral in Cobán Municipality, before heading out to immunize children. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2209/SUSAN MARKISZ

Auxiliary nurse Claudia Guillermo administers a measles vaccination to 1-year-old Jimena Nicole Xoj Caal at a UNICEF-supported health centre in the city of Cobán. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2216/SUSAN MARKISZ

Auxiliary nurse Claudia Guillermo administers a measles vaccination to 1-year-old Jimena Nicole Xoj Caal at a UNICEF-supported health centre in the city of Cobán. © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2216/SUSAN MARKISZ

A health worker holds the health and immunization card of 7-month-old Chrisly Alejandra Coy, who is held by her mother. Another health worker sits nearby. Credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2255/SUSAN MARKISZ

A health worker holds the health and immunization card of 7-month-old Chrisly Alejandra Coy, who is held by her mother. Another health worker sits nearby. Credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2255/SUSAN MARKISZ

Health worker Ronnie Tut prepares to administer a measles vaccine to 1-year-old Jessica María Pop, an indigenous Mayan girl sitting on her mother’s lap, at a health centre in the community of Sacanillá, in Cobán Municipality in Alta Verapaz Department.  Credit : © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2218/SUSAN MARKISZ

Health worker Ronnie Tut prepares to administer a measles vaccine to 1-year-old Jessica María Pop, an indigenous Mayan girl sitting on her mother’s lap, at a health centre in the community of Sacanillá, in Cobán Municipality in Alta Verapaz Department. Credit : © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2218/SUSAN MARKISZ

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