May 2021 Partner News Round-Up

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On May 31, Tajikistan kicked off the first round of a novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) supplemental vaccination campaign in response to an ongoing outbreak. The second round is planned for June 28-July 3. Both rounds aim to administer a total of 4.6 million vaccine doses, including 1.4 million doses to children under age 6. In addition to fixed vaccination points at health facilities, mobile teams will be operating in hard-to-reach areas. WHO

Zimbabwe ran a national catch-up anti-typhoid vaccination campaign from May 24-June 4, targeting children age 9 months to under 15. Following this campaign, TCV will be routinely given to all children at 9 months. The national campaign integrates IPV catch-up for a targeted cohort of children; HPV vaccination for girls age 10-13 in and out of school; and vitamin A supplementation for children age 6-59 months. Vaccination sites include health centers, child care centers, schools and community outreach points. The Herald; ZimEye; PATH


Outbreak Response

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) conducted a measles vaccination campaign in Nigeria’s Borno state April 26-30, targeting children age 6 months to 9 years. The five-day catch-up campaign aimed to reach 103,823 children living in the districts of Gwange 1, 2 and 3, as well as 277,395 children in informal IDP camps in the districts of Bolori 1 and 2. MSF is also helping the government vaccinate 34,290 children in Khaddamari. Daily Trust

South Sudan is continuing its nationwide integrated cholera (OCV) and yellow fever (YF) vaccination campaign (with yellow fever vaccines targeted at people age 10-60). In May, the campaign administered 33,233 YF and 36,497 OCV vaccines to Ethiopian refugees from Village 8, Um-Rakoba, and Tunaytba refugee camps in South Sudan’s Gedaref state, while 18,368 YF and 18,368 OCV vaccines reached the surrounding host communities. In addition, Hamdait camp in Kassala state distributed 3,834 YF and 4,231 OCV vaccines. A separate five-day anti-yellow fever campaign was launched May 19, targeting 60,000 people age 5-60 in the administrative counties of Yei that border Kajokeji county (which reported an outbreak of the disease last year). This campaign is being extended and now targets 63,000 people age 6 months to 60 years. UNICEF; Radio Tamazuj

In response to a polio outbreak in April, Sierra Leone launched a four-day polio vaccination campaign on May 15 targeting children under age 5. The vaccination teams are going house-to-house in two rounds: the second round is scheduled for June 11-14. Concord Times


Local Campaigns

Brazil’s three-stage influenza vaccination campaign, launched April 12, has reached 15.2% of the targeted population nationwide (with only 23.9% of the campaign’s 50,846,860 doses used). The first stage, now complete, vaccinated less than half the targeted groups: 41.3% of children age 6 months to 6 years, 37.1% of pregnant women, 27.2% of health workers and 24.3% of indigenous people. The second stage (May 11-June 8) targets older people and teachers, while the third stage (June 9-July 9) aims to vaccinate people with comorbidities, people with permanent disabilities, truck drivers, transport workers, port workers, security and armed forces members, prison system employees and the prison population. Jornal de Brasília

Argentina is also conducting its annual influenza vaccination campaign, with 5,602,240 doses reaching 36.2% of health personnel, 11.2% of pregnant women, and 11.2% of children age 6 months to 2 years as of May 29. Argentina MoH

Cameroon held its National Immunization Day event from May 7-9. Delayed from April, the door-to-door campaign targeted over 6 million children age 5 and under in households, health facilities, schools, and markets, administering oral polio and vitamin A drops and the deworming medicine albendazole. CRTV; Journal du Cameroun

Kenya launched a six-day polio vaccination campaign on May 22, targeting 3.4 million children age 5 and younger in 13 at-risk counties (Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kitui, Lamu, Machakos, Mandera, Mombasa, Nairobi, Tana River, Wajir) as well as in the Dadaab refugee camps. Vaccines were delivered by 47 teams conducting house-to-house vaccination, five static stations and several mobile teams covering vast areas. WHO; Kenya News Agency

Nigeria’s Lagos state completed a four-day mass drug administration campaign against soil-transmitted helminths (STH) in 10 local government areas of the state May 18-21, targeting 1,333,165 at-risk school-age children. The areas involved in the campaign were Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa, Badagry, Epe, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ojo and Shomolu. PMNews

To mark Vaccination Week in the Americas, Venezuela ran a vaccination campaign through May 31 aimed at pregnant women and over 1 million children. The campaign’s 5,440 vaccination points nationwide offer 12 vaccines; available shots include those against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, influenza, polio, measles, rubella and yellow fever. Últimas Noticias
Kyrgyzstan held a monthlong (April 19-May 19) inactivated polio vaccination (IPV) catch-up campaign targeting over 270,000 children born between April 1, 2016, and February 15, 2018. More than 132,300 children had been vaccinated as of May 15. Kabar; AKI Press

A dozen union councils in Pakistan’s Vehari district ran an anti-typhoid vaccination campaign May 18-30, targeting 185,149 children age 9 months to 15 years with typhoid conjugate vaccine. The Nation

Catch-up vaccination drives in South Sudan continue in Um-Rakoba, Village 8 and Tunaytba refugee camps in Gedaref state, with children under age 5 vaccinated against several diseases (including measles, polio and diphtheria) and pregnant women and girls (age 14 and older) receiving tetanus and diphtheria shots. UNICEF

Mexico’s current measles, rubella and mumps follow-up vaccination campaign, April 19-June 25, reportedly has “very poor” response from the population so far. Milenio

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