December 2020 Partner News Round-Up

A collection of campaign stories captured and curated by Linksbridge SPC

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Several countries launched mass vaccination campaigns against the novel coronavirus in December, targeting priority groups based on local distribution plans. As of December 31, around 9.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered globally—led by China, the United States and the United Kingdom, according to publicly announced data. Our World in Data

From October 31 to November 24, Nigeria ran an oral polio vaccine drive as part of its sub-national immunization plus days campaign—reaching over 23 million children under 5 years old in Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara. WHO

After successfully piloting a regimen of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine citrate and albendazole (IDA) against lymphatic filariasis (LF) last year, Karnataka’s Yadgir district in India will undertake a second round of the triple-drug LF therapy from December 15-24. Meanwhile, the country also launched mass drug administration events on December 21 in eight districts of Uttar Pradesh and in Assam’s Dibrugarh district to combat the disease. National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme; India Ministry of Health

 

Outbreak Response

Following the first round in October, Ethiopia launched round two of an mOPV2 vaccination campaign in November—targeting 7.1 million under-5 children in Harari, Oromia, SNNP and Somali regions, and in the cities of Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa. WHO

Following an initial campaign in October, the Philippines will roll out the second phase of an integrated measles, rubella, and polio supplemental immunization activity drive in additional regions of the country next February. Philippine Information Agency

Chad postponed a country-wide measles outbreak response campaign from December to January and February 2021 due to delays in preparations. OCHA

 

Local Campaigns

Chad concluded two rounds of polio immunization campaigns in November—the first from November 13-15 and the second from November 27-29—reaching more than 3.3 million children in 91 districts located in 16 of Chad’s 23 provinces. WHO

Iraq conducted a mass oral polio vaccine campaign from November 29-December 3, targeting more than 1.9 million children under 5 years old across 46 districts in Anbar, Babylon, Baghdad-Karkh, Baghdad-Resafa, Basra, Dahuk, Erbil, Kerbala, Kirkuk, Missan, Muthanna, Najaf, Ninewa, Salah Al-Din, Suleymaniyah, Thi-Qar and Wassit. UNICEF

On December 28, India’s Odisha state launched a campaign to distribute more than 1.3 million long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to Sundargarh district. Sundargarh district administration

Syria ran an anti-polio campaign to vaccinate 815,000 children under 5 years of age in the districts and countryside of Idlib, the countryside of Aleppo, Tell Abyad and Ras Al-Ayn in December. Qatar Red Crescent

Pakistan’s Punjab province administered the injectable polio vaccine to over 817,000 children in the high-risk union councils of DG Khan, Lahore and Rajanpur from December 14-22. Pak Fights Polio

Following floods in Jonglei state, South Sudan conducted round one of an oral cholera vaccination campaign—reaching over 63,000 people age 1 year and older—in Bor South county from December 16-20. Round two of the campaign is scheduled to start in the first week of January. WHO

Burundi launched a four-day anti-measles drive on December 15, aiming to vaccinate at least 570,000 children between 6 and 59 months in 14 health districts across the country. The campaign also co-administered vitamin A supplements to children between 1 and 14 years. Anadolu Agency

Yemen ran two cholera vaccination campaigns from December 16-21, aiming to reach 162,000 people in Al Dhale governorate and 39,000 in the Hajr district of Hadramaut governorate. UNICEF Yemen; UNICEF Yemen

Uganda ran wave four of a national mosquito net distribution drive from December 6-19, delivering long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to 30 districts. The country will launch the final wave of the campaign in February. NMS Uganda

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