Vaccines: the ultimate gift of love
In the words of polio survivor and veteran health worker, Richard Elaka, from Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo “vaccination is a gesture of love”.
"...vaccination is a gesture of love that
protects the children."
For more than 20 years, Richard has been a community outreach worker informing parents about the importance of vaccination and the risks of non-vaccination. "I realised that many families don't get their children vaccinated because of a lack of knowledge," he explains.
"In the morning I wake up, I take my awareness materials and go meet families with young children. When I arrive in a family, I make the parents understand that vaccination is a gesture of love that protects the children. When they vaccinate their children, they are protecting them.”