June 2023: Partner News Round-Up

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Burundi ran a national vaccination effort against polio June 10-13, targeting nearly 3 million children under age 7. The door-to-door campaign—the country’s first national campaign against polio since 2011—came in response to 13 detections of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) reported since January. In March, Burundi declared a national public health emergency in response to a polio outbreak, the country’s first in more than 30 years. Two additional campaign rounds are scheduled for July and September. WHO Burundi; VOA News; RegionWeek

The Democratic Republic of the Congo conducted its first large-scale immunization campaign using novel oral polio vaccine type 2 from June 1-3, targeting more than 17 million children under age 5 in 20 of the country’s 26 provinces. DRC’s cases account for half of all cVDPV2 cases in WHO’s Africa Region, with 407 cases reported between the start of 2022 and May 2023. WHO’s regional Polio Eradication Programme has established geographic information systems and other tools to allow teams to map areas where health facilities are located, track vaccination teams and identify targeted children. A nationwide anti-polio vaccination effort is scheduled for July 2023. WHO AFRO

Outbreak Response

Mozambique conducted a national immunization effort against polio June 15-18, targeting nearly 20 million children under age 15. A response to new cases in northern provinces, the campaign took place in health centers, homes, schools, daycare centers, places of religious worship, markets, and other locations with large concentrations of people. The campaign is the country’s eighth against polio since March 2022. Telesur; Club of Mozambique

Syria’s Aleppo and Idlib provinces administered a second dose of cholera vaccine to 1,119,799 people from June 10-20, an effort originally slated for the end of April. Deploying 1,870 volunteer paramedics, the campaign especially targeted children and adults living in tents. It came in response to increased risks of waterborne disease due to a combination of overcrowding and damage to water, sanitation and cholera treatment infrastructure brought on by earthquakes in February. A first dose of the vaccine was administered in March to 1.7 million people. Turkiye News; The Guardian

In Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 14 districts ran a measles campaign in the second half of June, targeting 896,000 children ages 6 months to 5 years. Several deaths were linked to the disease in a provincial outbreak that has reportedly affected over 2,600 children in the first five months of the year. UrduPoint; Daily Times

Pakistan’s Sindh province carried out an anti-polio effort June 19-25, aiming to administer oral polio drops to 1.8 million children under age 5. The campaign—targeting specific districts of Karachi, Jamshoro and Hyderabad—mobilized over 10,000 frontline workers (along with 2,200 police officers to protect vaccination teams). The News; Samaa

Zimbabwe ran the fourth round of a national vaccination campaign against polio June 27-30, targeting children under age 5 with oral polio drops. The door-to-door campaign was originally slated for two phases, but a third phase (targeting over 800,000 children) was added in May in response to outbreaks in Malawi and Mozambique. New Zimbabwe; Mbaretimes

Kenya embarked on a subnational MDA against schistosomiasis and worms on June 8, targeting 5.6 million residents. The campaign covered five counties, including Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and Tharaka-Nithi. In Kitui County, 2,470 community health workers went door to door to administer 1.1 million praziquantel tablets to children ages 5 and above and 1.2 million albendazole tablets to children ages 1 and above. Children ages 6 months and above also received vitamin A tablets. The Standard; Kenya News Agency

Integrated Campaigns

Pakistan’s Punjab province ran an anti-measles initiative in 10 districts June 19-24, aiming to immunize over 1.5 million children ages 6 months to 5 years. In certain areas, children were also administered polio vaccines and vitamin A drops, as well as measles and rubella vaccines. The campaign is responding to a Rawalpindi outbreak that reportedly caused eight children’s deaths in April. Dawn; The Express Tribune

Panama’s capital district launched a multi-antigen mass vaccination effort on June 4. Targeting the general population, the campaign offered vaccines against Covid-19 and influenza as well as shots against hepatitis A and B, HPV, measles and rubella, pneumonia, rotavirus, and tetanus, and also offered a DTaP-IPV jab. The campaign took place in health centers, police stations, shopping centers, bus/metro terminals, and supermarkets, using 71,520 bivalent Covid-19 doses (6,000 of which were exclusively for children ages 6 months to 4 years). La Estrella

Local Campaigns

Uganda ran a nationwide preventive yellow fever vaccination campaign June 9-13, targeting 13.3 million people ages 9 months to 60 years. This was the first phase of a wider three-phase effort and specifically focused on 51 districts, including Arua, Gulu, Hoima, Kabale, Kabarole and Lira. The second and third phases will take place in October 2023 and October 2024. In Kasese (a high-risk district), the campaign targeted 95% of the general eligible population ages 9 months to 60 years and additionally covered Congolese nationals. Currently classified as high risk for yellow fever, Uganda plans to eliminate the disease by 2026. WHO AFRO (1); WHO AFRO (2); The Sun Daily; New Vision

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