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DR CONGO: Major cholera vaccination campaign kick off 

A  vaccination campaign against cholera in North Kivu in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that targets over 800,000 people has on Monday been launched. The campaign is being implemented by the DRC Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners and funded by Gavi,

Gavi initiates Cholera Vaccination campaign in Mozambique

An oral cholera vaccination campaign to protect survivors of Cyclone Idai Started Wednesday in Beira, Mozambique. Funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the campaign will be carried out by the Mozambique Ministry of Health, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, including UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and

TICAD 7: Japan to host event on vaccination of African kids

The health of millions of African children will prominently feature at the TICAD 7 set for Yokohama, Japan. At the event, held on the eve of GAVI’s 20th anniversary, Japan will host a launch meeting for the Vaccine Alliance’s third replenishment to continue its work vaccinating millions of children in the world’s poorest countries. “Japan has

Sub-Saharan Africa:  Child deaths on the rise amidst slowing preventive progress –UN report

A baby born in sub-Saharan Africa or in Southern Asia was nine times more likely to die in the first month than a baby born in a high-income country. Yet progress to saving newborns has not been slower than for other children under five years of age since 1990. In 2017, half of all deaths

Ebola vaccine to help tackle DRC outbreak

Gavi has released US$1 million towards deployment of the Ebola vaccine to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to boost efforts to contain the disease. Gavi’s funding will support the deployment of health workers, transport, critical supplies and other operations. The vaccination will be implemented by the Government of DRC and partners including WHO,

Crisis of invisibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Less than 1 in 2 births registered

Ninety-five million children have not had their births registered across Sub Saharan Africa, and if decisive action is not taken, these numbers will soar to 115 million by 2030, UNICEF said today. According to UNICEF, the data has been released so as to prioritise birth registration as a first and critical step to a functional

Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday. The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500

GAVI warns that vaccine progress in developing countries ‘in danger of stalling

New WHO/UNICEF figures released this week show that in 68 of the world’s poorest countries, while close to a million more children received the basic diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2016 compared to 2015, the coverage rate has remained at 80% for the past three years. Millions of children remain under-vaccinated in countries torn apart by conflict,

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