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EYE July newsletter: watch our documentary on the DRC yellow fever vaccination campaigns

 

Watch our documentary on the DRC yellow fever vaccination campaigns

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Drone shot from DRC documentary, 2021: getting yellow fever vaccines across the Congo river

 

July EYE Strategy Newsletter

 
 

"EYE on yellow fever" - the EYE podcast is launched 

 

EYE on Yellow Fever is a ten-part podcast series by the Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) Strategy that takes you inside a concerted global effort to ensure that yellow fever does not become the next big global health threat. 

We interview experts from all over the world on topics such as the history of yellow fever (YF), climate change and public health, and many others to show why YF is a disease that cannot be ignored.

 
Eye on Yellow Fever Podcast, Episode One

Listen to the first episode by clicking on the image above or subscribe to the series here:

 
 
 

Documentary: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vaccination campaign, May 2021 

Documentary: Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vaccination campaign, Kinshasa, May 2021

In May this year, we sent a film crew to DRC to document the YF vaccination campaigns in Kinshasa and Tshopo. It was a partnership-wide effort to get supplies to the area, as well as to ensure that as many people could be vaccinated as possible, in a climate of vaccine hesitancy and severe logistical challenges.  

The results were a concerted global and country effort to save more lives from this deadly disease. You can watch the film here.

 
 

Country Updates

2021 YF vaccination campaign in Gedarif - Sudan

2021 YF vaccination campaign in Gedarif, Sudan  

Sudan 

2020 / 2021 overview 
Sudan completed its initial catch-up activities targeting missed cohorts of children in late 2020 in White Nile State, where 514,000 children were vaccinated achieving high administrative coverage.  

This was followed in early 2021 in Kassala, Gedarif and Red Sea. The 2021 activities were also integrated with vaccination to protect against polio. These catch-up activities were completed in April, achieving high administrative coverage and protecting more than 1 million children (9 months to 7 years old).

In order to achieve equitable access to at-risk populations, Sudan also included newly-arrived refugees from Northern Ethiopia in a dual-antigen campaign (YF vaccine and oral cholera vaccine). 

On 11th July 2021, YF vaccine was introduced into the routine immunization (RI) schedule in 15 out of the 18 states. The three remaining states are Red Sea, South Kordofan and Central Darfur, which were postponed due to security issues. These will resume as soon as safely possible.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo 

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the yellow fever preventive mass vaccination campaigns (PMVCs) that have been completed so far have achieved a high level of coverage with over 15.5 million people protected. Equateur implementation is planned for later this year, seeking to target an additional 2.6 million people. Bloc 3 campaign is due to take place in November 2021.

Republic of Congo

Planning is underway for PMVCs in October 2021. The vaccination campaigns aim to target over 4 million people aged 9 months to 60 years old.  

 

Nigeria 

Nigeria has the largest scale campaigns planned for 2021. Approximately 29.1 million doses (MDs) will be used to target those eligible between the ages of 9 months and 44 years old. The campaigns are taking place in five states: Abia, Imo, Ebonyi (tailored approach dependant on security issues), Taraba and Borno. Several of these campaigns are planned as dual antigen activities combining YF and measles.  

Ogun State is planned for October, which aims to target over 5 million people, accounting for 85% of the total population. This state will be integrated with measles’ campaigns.

 
 

Peer-to-peer learning & country collaboration survey

3rd EYE Annual Partners’ Meeting 2019, Brasília

We are taking the next steps in planning the EYE peer-to-peer learning and country collaboration programme. The vision for the programme is to enable knowledge sharing, capability and capacity enhancing across the global network and between countries. In order to do this, we need to hear your views on what you need and envision from such a programme. Please click here to complete the survey and have your say. 

 
 
 

Events

 

September

Annual International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision (ICG) meeting – September 21st -23rd 2021 

EYE Annual Country Support meeting, AFRO – September 28th - 29th 2021 (virtual meeting). For more information on the AFRO EYE country support meeting, please contact
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October

A regional combined Molecular & Serology training workshop is being organized for French-speaking African countries in Dakar, Senegal hosted by Institut Pasteur Dakar (IPD) - October 4th to 9th 2021

 

October

A regional combined molecular & serology training workshop training is being organized for English-speaking African countries in Entebbe, Uganda, hosted by the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) - October 12th to 17th 2021

The 7th Annual Laboratory Technical Working Group (LTWG) meeting is scheduled for 20th and 21st October 2021

The 5th EYE Annual Partners’ Meeting will take place on the 25th, 26th and 27th of October from 3.00pm to 5.30pm Central European Time.   

 
 
 

Meet our partners

 
 

Maurice Demanou
Yellow fever laboratory coordinator
& Eye.ops

Dr Maurice Demanou is a laboratory specialist currently working as the coordinator of surveillance, diagnostic and public health activities at the virology department of Centre Pasteur, Cameroon. Maurice is also the yellow fever laboratory co-ordinator and a valued member of EYE.ops team.

Maurice Demano, Yellow fever laboratory coordinator & Eye.ops
 

Maurice has two Bachelor's degrees in zoology and biochemistry. He also has a Master’s and a Doctorate in parasitology and entomology from the the University of Yaoundé. During Maurice’s time with EYE.ops, he has worked with colleagues and our laboratory network to make tangible improvements to international sample transportation times and processes, allowing for quicker response to outbreaks.

 
 
 
 
 

EYE mask challenge

Goitom Weldegebriel - WHO Inter-country Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa

Shout out to Goitom Weldegebriel for this month’s EYE mask challenge! One of our valued EYE colleagues, a Medical Officer in Surveillance within the WHO Inter-country Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (IST ESA). 

 
 
 
 
 

Tell us your news!

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