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  • Kenya Rolls out massive Measles-Rubella and Tetanus campaign Nairobi, May 16, 2016 - Kenya has rolled out a massive nation-wide Measles-Rubella campaign which targets almost half the population. The campaign which runs from May 16-24 will cover all the 47 counties and target 19,922,722 children between 9 months and 14 years. The rubella component will be offered in public health facilities for the first time but will be offered as one vaccine with measles. In addition, 11 targeted counties will offer tetanus vaccination for girls and women aged 15-49. These…
  • Kenya joins the world in historical tOPV to bOPV SWITCH Kenya joined the rest of the world in April 18, 2016, to implement SWITCH, the global health effort to shift from the use of trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine bOPV.
  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group Meeting: “Pay Closer Attention to Surveillance and Immunity Gaps” Nairobi, February 18, 2016 - The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting in Nairobi has ended with a declaration of a successful interruption and closure of the Wild Polio Virus (WPV) outbreak in the region. But the meeting also made a cautionary call for the countries to pay closer attention to surveillance and immunity gaps that can make the region susceptible to possible importation of WPV from the endemic countries. The region has been free of WPV for the…
  • Kenya Sustains Polio Eradication Efforts as Year Ends Kenya’s effort to eradicate polio will this week be further boosted by a national campaign scheduled for December 5-9. The campaign, targeting 8.7 Million children under 5, will be held nationwide to ensure the immunity of children against polio is sustained and the message for immunization reinforced. Kenya has sustained a high level of response to the polio outbreak since 2013 through house-to-house vaccination campaigns, surveillance and strengthening of routine immunization. The last case of onset of paralysis was in…
  • Finding Every Last Poliovirus Surveillance Officers like Amina Ismail in Kenya spend their days chasing the poliovirus to its final hiding places, so that it can be stopped forever. Eradicating polio from the world forever will be one of the biggest public health achievements of our time. Surveillance Officers like Amina Ismail, working for the World Health Organization, know that it is not just vaccinating every last child but being able to trace every last virus that will take us over the finishing line…

 
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