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Malawi strives to reach every child in polio vaccination drive

Lilongwe – In mid-October 2022, Malawi completed the fourth round of a vaccination campaign against wild poliovirus. In February 2022 the country confirmed a case of wild polio, the first since 1992. The Ministry of Health, with support from World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, soon launched vaccination campaigns to reach every child, including in 170 settlements in the south of the country hosting people displaced by Tropical Storm Ana and cyclone Gombe back in early 2022.

In Uganda, fighting Ebola one patient at a time

As soon as the Sudan ebolavirus was detected in Uganda and an outbreak was declared on 20 September 2020, the country’s health authorities placed emphasis on supportive care, as no effective vaccine for this species of ebolavirus has yet been licenced. 

Limpopo province takes grassroots approach to COVID-19 vaccination

Limpopo, South Africa – One of the strategies that boosted South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination drive involved decentralizing the rollout to the grassroots. Provincial health authorities deployed teams to communities to ensure an increased uptake of the vaccine. The mobile health teams are part of a broader strategy by the country to curb COVID-19 infection. In addition to the vaccination, the teams also provide other services such as HIV testing.

Data management reinforces COVID-19 vaccination in Mozambique

Lichinga, Mozambique – In Mozambique’s northern Niassa province, health workers have been trained on data management for an effective rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination. The training by World Health Organization with support from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (the ECHO fund), is helping to ensure that all eligible people in hard-to-reach places receive the vaccine.

Curbing COVID-19 in a South African gold mine

Lejweleputswa, South Africa – South Africa’s mining industry is a major economic contributor. Like much of the economy, it was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to production decline and loss of life. To protect workers’ health, mines have set up preventive measures and are collaborating with health authorities to curb potential widespread infections.

Vaccinating Liberia’s vulnerable communities against COVID-19

Liberia has made headway with its COVID-19 vaccination having fully vaccinated 70% of the total eligible population since March 2021, when the vaccination programme kicked off. Robust coordination between the government and its partners, an effective COVID-19 steering committee and multiple mass vaccination campaigns have contributed to the country’s success.