September 2023: Partner News Round-Up

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Nigeria’s Niger state ran an 18-day anti-polio drive in August, reaching more than 2.5 million children with fractional inactivated poliovirus (fIPV) shots. According to WHO’s country office, it was the first time fIPV has been administered in Nigeria. WHO Nigeria

Tanzania began a mass replacement campaign for insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) in August. With funding from the President’s Malaria Initiative, the campaign will distribute nearly 4 million ITNs to households in the Kagera and Tabora regions. USAID

Mexico City kicked off an HPV vaccination effort on September 11, aiming to administer over 195,000 HPV doses in 4,154 primary and secondary schools and specialized clinics. Running until December 15, the effort aims to reach girls ages 11-13 and HIV-positive people ages 11-49. Govt. of Mexico

Outbreak Response

Tanzania conducted a polio vaccination effort September 21-24 in six regions bordering countries with a reported polio outbreak, according to a Ministry of Health press release. The campaign aimed to reach more than 3.2 million children under age 8 in the following regions: Kagera (729,387), Katavi (227,862), Kigoma (884,477), Mbeya (614,346), Rukwa (391,883) and Songwe (402,643). Over 5,000 health workers delivered vaccines door to door as well as in schools, houses of worship and other locations. Tanzania MoH

Afghanistan launched an anti-polio vaccination drive in several northern provinces on August 28, according to Urdu Point. The four-day campaign targeted more than 1.5 million children under age 5 in Balkh, Faryab, Jawzjan, Samangan and Sari Pul provinces. Urdu Point

Nigeria’s Edo state conducted a polio outbreak response campaign September 16-19, according to the Daily Post. During the drive, health workers administered nOPV2 drops to children in all primary healthcare centers and vaccination sites in the state’s 18 local government councils, as well as going house to house and to schools, markets, places of worship and other locations. Daily Post

Kyrgyzstan ran a measles outbreak response campaign September 18-29, targeting all children ages 9 months to 7 years in designated areas, regardless of vaccination status or previous measles or rubella disease. Vaccinations were given at temporary vaccination points in health centers and schools in Bishkek and Osh cities as well as in the Osh and Chüy regions, areas where measles is widespread. Govt. of Kyrgyzstan

Integrated Campaigns

Angola completed the first phase of a preventative vaccination drive against polio September 8-11, according to the country’s official news agency. The drive targeted over 5 million children under age 5 in 16 of the country’s 18 provinces with oral polio drops and about 3.1 million children with vitamin A supplements. The second phase will also include Luanda and Huíla provinces. Additionally, the campaign aimed to reach 256,680 children with albendazole tablets in the areas with the highest occurrence of intestinal parasites—Lundas Norte, Lundas Sul, Malanje, and Uíge provinces. ANGOP

Pakistan’s Lower South Waziristan district (in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province) started the second phase of an integrated health campaign on August 28. The eight-day effort sought to immunize children against multiple communicable diseases, including cholera, diphtheria, hepatitis, measles, meningitis, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis and typhoid. The third phase was planned for September. Pakistan Observer

Local Campaigns

New Caledonia kicked off an HPV vaccination campaign on September 25, targeting children ages 9-14 in schools. This is the first year the campaign is open to boys, with those born in 2011 included in the vaccination effort. Govt. of New Caledonia

DRC’s South Ubangi province conducted a preventative measles vaccination campaign September 18-23, aiming to reach 700,000 children ages 6 months to under 5 years. BNN

Bangladesh’s Bandar subdivision began an oral cholera vaccination campaign September 17-21 in wards 38 (Bandar Tila) and 39 (South Halishahar), aiming to reach 135,000 residents over age 1 with the first OCV dose. The second dose is scheduled to be administered the second week of October. Bangladesh Post

Nepal launched an HPV vaccination drive on September 13, aiming to reach girls ages 11-13. The doses will be given at hospitals in all seven provinces of the country: Bagmati, Gandaki, Karnali, Koshi, Lumbini, Madhesh and Sudurpaschim. Kathmandu Post

Samoa conducted an MDA effort against lymphatic filariasis September 16-24, targeting people ages 2 and older with three antiparasitic drugs. This is the second year the country has implemented this multidrug strategy against LF. Govt. of Samoa

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