November 2020 Partner News Round-Up

A collection of campaign stories captured and curated by Linksbridge SPC

Featured Stories

Bangladesh will restart a national measles and rubella immunization campaign in December (postponed from March due to Covid-19), vaccinating nearly 34 million children from 9 months to 9 years old. WHO

Ghana ran a subnational yellow fever vaccination campaign from November 12-18. Initially scheduled for April, the campaign targeted over 5 million people ages 10 to 60 in select districts across 14 regions. Ghana Health Services; News Ghana

40,000 children were unable to access polio vaccines in North Afghanistan due to restrictions imposed by Taliban rebels in Yamgan, Raghistan, Dara-e-Khustak, Jurm and some parts of Warduj districts. Xinhua


Outbreak Response

Sudan conducted a cVDPV2 outbreak response campaign on November 28, aiming to reach 8.6 million children under 5 in all 18 states of the country with the mOPV2 vaccine. The country plans a second vaccination round in December. UNICEF/WHO

The Democratic Republic of the Congo began an anti-polio campaign in October that will vaccinate over 3 million children in five provinces through the end of 2020. Direct Relief

On November 29, Iraq began an oral polio vaccination campaign targeting more than 1.9 million children under age 5. The five-day campaign will target children in 46 districts in 16 governorates. UNICEF/WHO

South Sudan began the first phase of an anti-polio campaign on November 10 in response to an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus across five states. The campaign targeted 1.5 million children under age 5 across 45 counties in seven states, and a second round is planned for December. WHO

In response to an outbreak earlier in the year, Ethiopia launched a reactive yellow fever vaccine campaign in late October targeting 700,000 people in 12 districts of SNNP and Oromia. WHO

South Sudan started phase two of a measles vaccination follow-up campaign on November 15, aiming to vaccinate over 690,000 children ages 6-59 months in 25 counties of Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. WHO

In response to an ongoing outbreak, Nigeria moved up a planned yellow fever immunization campaign in Delta state—initially set for the end of the month—to November 10. Bauchi, Benue and Enugu states also initiated reactive drives in affected areas this month. WHO; Nigeria Centre for Disease Control


Local Campaigns

Pakistan kicked off a polio national immunization campaign on November 30, aiming to reach more than 39 million children under 5 years of age. Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme

On November 26, Nepal launched a two-day nationwide drive to deliver vitamin A supplements to over 2.7 million children aged between 6 months and 5 years. Children above 12 months old were also given deworming tablets. The Kathmandu Post

Nigeria’s Kwara state launched an anti-malaria campaign on November 19 to distribute 2.3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets house-to-house across its 16 local government areas. Kwara state government

On November 3, Papua New Guinea launched a 15-day nationwide integrated campaign to reach more than 1 million children under age 5 with polio and vitamin A drops and deworming medicine. UNICEF

Pakistan will begin a four-day anti-polio campaign on November 30 in the Rawalpindi district, targeting 885,000 children under age 5. Dawn

Zimbabwe began a five-day oral cholera vaccination campaign in Chegutu on November 17, aiming to reach 53,000 people 12 months and older. WHO

After a week-long postponement due to Covid-19, Cuba launched the second round of its 59th national polio immunization campaign on November 23—distributing the bivalent oral vaccine across the island. GRANMA; Prensa Latina

On November 22, India’s Chhattisgarh state launched an anti-filariasis mass drug administration event—covering all residents above age 2 in Sarguja and Surajpur districts. Chhattisgarh health department; Chhattisgarh health minister

India’s Chhattisgarh state will run a Japanese encephalitis vaccination campaign from November 23-December 20, targeting all children between 1 and 15 years of age in Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Dhamtari and Kondagaon districts. Chhattisgarh health department

As part of a subnational immunization day campaign event, India’s Punjab state ran an anti-polio campaign, administering oral drops to children in high-risk areas from November 1-3. Government of Punjab

Nigeria’s Kwara state conducted its subnational immunization plus days event from November 7-10, providing polio vaccines to all children under age 5 across the 16 local government areas of the state. Kwara state government

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