22 March 2019 - The International Conference on Re-emerging Infectious Disease (ICREID) was held on 13-15 March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the African Centres for Disease Control at the African Union. The event included a well-attended symposium on yellow fever, entitled "Challenges in emerging infectious disease preparedness – the Yellow Fever case."
Sudan set to protect over 8 million people with its largest ever yellow fever vaccination drive
20 March 2019 – The Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and UNICEF has launched a large-scale mass vaccination campaign in Sudan to vaccinate over 8.3 million people aged from 9 months to 60 years against yellow fever in the states of Blue Nile, Gezira and Sennar during 10–29 March 2019.
The campaign represents a crucial step in protecting a large portion of the population and reducing the risk of severe and deadly yellow fever outbreaks in the country.
Experts caution against stagnation of immunization coverage in Africa
23 January 2019 - Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.
The immunization experts also emphasized the importance of increased domestic investment in disease surveillance and the need for community engagement to drive vaccine deployment during outbreaks.
Nigeria launches yellow fever vaccination campaign to stop outbreak in Edo state
20 December 2018 – The Government of Nigeria with support from WHO and partners launched this week a yellow fever reactive vaccination campaign. More than 1.4 million people from 9 months to 44-years-old are expected to be protected in this seven-day campaign, which will use part of the 3.1 million doses provided by the International Coordination Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision, funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Ghana launches Sub National Immunization Days (NIDs) against yellow fever
The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF has launched a sub national campaign aimed to vaccinate 5.3 million people against yellow fever in 9 regions in Ghana. The event took place in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The theme for the campaign is “Get vaccinated and be protected against yellow fever” and it will be conducted from Wednesday, 28th of November, to Tuesday, 4th of December, 2018. The main objective of this campaign is to maintain a high population immunity of all persons living in Ghana.
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