Mass cholera and polio vaccination campaigns supported by WHO kick off in Africa

  • World Health Organization
  • World Health Organization
  • 3 Jul 2019

  • curated by Priscilla Lynch
  • Univadis
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered on two major mass vaccination programmes in Africa.

Phase 2 of the biggest ever oral vaccination campaign against cholera took place from 3-8 July in 15 health districts in the four central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - Kasaï, Kasaï Oriental, Lomami et Sankuru.

The second dose of cholera vaccine was targeted at 1,235,972 people over one year of age. The first round of the campaign took place in late December 2018.

The campaign was organised by the Ministry of Health with technical, logistic and financial support from the WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC) to contain the serious ongoing cholera epidemic in the country.

Separately, health authorities have rolled out a polio campaign in Somalia to vaccinate more than 940,000 children under five years to stop an ongoing outbreak of a strain of poliovirus.

The campaign, with support from the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), targeted all children in 12 districts in Somaliland and nine districts in Puntland.

Health workers are also vaccinating over 650,000 people aged one year and above against cholera in high-risk districts of Somalia.

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