The Jordan Meningitis Foundation obtained a
grant from the Embassy of Japan In Amman for U S $ 83,542.00 on the
29th of October 1998 to finance Its pilot project to vaccinate the
children of a poor area in Amman with the HIB Vaccine.
Foundation selected Hay Nazzal as the statistics showed that this
area is poor, is highly populated, has a high rate of new borns , in
addition to the high rate of various disabilities caused by
JMF coordinated closely with the ministry of health throughout. The
Vaccine Specifications were established , a tender was floated the
successful bidder was awarded a contract for the supply of 28000
shot of vaccine, and finally the vaccines were delivered to the
stores of the ministry of health on 21st of February 1999.
tendering for the supply of the vaccine managed to lower the unit
cost, and the decision to Vaccinate only the under three years of
age instead of the originally suggested under five years of age
meant that more children in the Nazzal area and other neighboring
areas benefited from the vaccine. Some 20 000 children were
vaccinated in several Ministry of Health Centers. The Vaccination
also was given to Children in some areas of Salt and Jerash.
Throughout the Implementation of the Pilot Project, There were no
reported cases of Meningitis and no reports of side effects of the
vaccine in the areas covered by the Project.
medical committee of the JMF conducted a study, completed in June
2000, about the feasibility of the HIB vaccine for children under
the age of five years, and it emphasized the financial and social
advantages of administering the Vaccine, and the importance of
including it in the National Vaccination Program without delay.
to the generous grant received from the Embassy of Japan, which
covered the costs of the pilot project, the JMF was successful in
convincing the ministry of health that HIB Vaccine should be include
in the National Program. The decision was taken recently to include
the HIB Vaccine in the Ministry’s program as of the beginning of
the year 2001, to cover 600000 children under 5 in Jordan.
of the basic aims of the foundation is now achieved.