WHO: The Republic of Congo to vaccinate more than one million people against yellow fever

4 October, 2018

Extracts and comment below. Full text here: https://afro.who.int/news/republic-congo-vaccinate-more-one-million-peop...

26 September 2018, Brazzaville – The Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners started today a vaccination campaign to control the spread of yellow fever in the port city of Pointe Noire and surrounding areas. More than 1 million people from nine months of age are expected to be vaccinated in this six-day campaign...

“Yellow fever has re-emerged as a public health threat in recent years in the African region,” said Dr Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO’s Emergencies Director for Africa. “However, the vaccine is safe and provides life-long immunity. This reactive vaccination campaign is focusing on people who are most at risk and will set up a firewall which will prevent the virus from spreading further.”...


Comment (Neil PW): Is anyone on HIFA involved with this, either at country or global level? It would be great to hear your thoughts, particularly around the challenge of mobilising communities with the information they need to be receptive to the campaign objectives. Is vaccine hesitancy a major issue for Yellow Fever vaccine, as it is for other diseases?

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Information for Citizens, Parents and Children:


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on five global forums in three languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org